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Fixed Wireless and Mobile Internet: What's the Difference?

Posted by MHO Networks on Sep 25, 2017 6:00:00 AM
Sometimes in communications technology, there are technologies separated only by the thinnest of margins. Fixed wireless and mobile internet are two such technologies that look similar, and function in much the same way, but differ in small yet important ways.

What is Fixed Wireless?

Fixed wireless service is a comparatively new technology that operates commonly on radio transmission to connect established, wired communications systems. Point-to-point microwave transmissions are also under the umbrella of fixed wireless, and are used to bypass many of the obstacles terrestrial internet connections have.

What is Mobile Internet?

Mobile internet is the older, more familiar mobile technology, one that refers mainly to internet access delivered over a cellular network. It uses the same cell towers that handle voice traffic to send data to and from a mobile device. It's specifically designed for flexibility, and essentially works, as the name suggests, like a portable, mobile internet connection.

So What's the Difference Between Mobile Internet and Fixed Wireless?

The two look similar, and ultimately take you to the same internet, so it would be easy to mistake them. There's a clear difference in how the two work, however, as well as some differences in points of performance.

  • Latency. Mobile internet has a much greater latency than fixed wireless. It takes longer for the signal to run the circuit of cellular towers than it does the comparatively point-to-point access provided by fixed wireless.
  • Speed. Fixed wireless is much faster than mobile internet, for much the same reason as its low latency. The method of data provision is faster with fixed wireless, so the connections are faster in turn.
  • Bandwidth. Fixed wireless commonly offers much greater bandwidth access than mobile bandwidth, owing mainly to the nature of the connection. Those cell towers are used by everyone in the vicinity, while the point-to-point connection of fixed wireless is generally only used by one party.
  • Portability. Mobile internet's big advantage is its portability. It goes most everywhere voice traffic goes. Fixed wireless, meanwhile, requires a line-of-sight connection, or close to it, to produce a connection. Thus, fixed wireless is commonly seen in denser traffic areas.

How Do I Get Started With Fixed Wireless?

When you're ready to get started with fixed wireless, the place to start is with  MHO Networks . We're a well-known and widely-used provider of fixed wireless, as well as metro ethernet and other options that can offer the speed, bandwidth, and latency. So give us a call and let us help you get started with a powerful new option in internet access.
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Topics: mobile

5G: A Signifier of Better, Faster Internet Requirements

Posted by MHO Networks on Sep 18, 2017 6:00:00 AM
It's the term heard all over the internet right now: 5G. Commonly talked about in breathless anticipation, and set to start showing up commercially in the mid-2019 range, this connectivity method means big change ahead. But what is it? And what kind of impact will it have on your own operations?

What Is 5G?

5G is a blanket term for "fifth generation mobile network." The  Groupe Speciale Mobile Association  (GSMA) has an eight-point scale for measuring whether or not a network qualifies as 5G. Not all of these need to be met; even the GSMA acknowledges "....it is difficult to conceive of a new technology that could meet all of these conditions simultaneously." 

  • Availability. There should be five-nines (99.999%) network availability and 100% network coverage in a given region, or at least the perception of both.
  • Bandwidth. Bandwidth should measure 1000 times the per unit area, and cover 10 to 100 times the number of connected devices.
  • Energy use. The connection should use 90% less energy, and pose a 10 year battery life for machine-type devices that use little power on the network.
  • Speed. A 5G connection should offer between 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps connections to end points, with a latency of one millisecond or less. 

What Will 5G Do To -- and For -- My Bandwidth Needs?

Now that we know what 5G is, and isn't, we get a much better idea of what this kind of technology will do for our bandwidth needs.

  • Current needs will be met briskly. The network as we know it currently isn't in the best of shape, but nor is it at immediate risk of failure. Thus, 5G access will allow us to carry on readily, meeting needs in streaming video, big data analytics and the like.
  • Previously unconsidered needs will likely also be met quickly. One of the biggest problems facing an internet-connected society is the "bandwidth gap," most notably in rural areas. 5G's wireless nature should open up this field and bring connectivity to the previously unconnected, or minimally-connected.
  • New needs will emerge rapidly. Some advance that there are many potential new uses for bandwidth that are as yet unused or undiscovered in points like augmented reality or virtual reality. With a substantial new source of bandwidth available, and in more places, that greater connectivity will likely put a major strain on the new connection type.

The coming of 5G signifies an era in which we need faster connections and better capabilities from our internet services. While 5G is the next generation of cellular, business internet is escalating in speed, reliability, and security as well. Talk to  MHO Networks  today to learn more about what the future of wireless looks like, and how you can ready your business for new bandwidth needs down the line. 
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Topics: high speed internet, mobile, 5g wireless, 5G