In recent years, tech companies and internet service providers alike have teamed up to bring rural demographics a sustainable network solution. Fixed wireless access promises to solve the long overdue connectivity issues present in underserved regions via CBRS spectrum and small cell infrastructure. Prior to these innovations, rural communities were on the periphery, remaining largely unconnected. However, where wired broadband failed, fixed wireless broadband has picked up and set a new precedent for widespread connectivity.
Gone are the days where rural communities were considered broadband dead zones or held hostage by the challenges arising from their geographic location. The scalable infrastructure of fixed wireless technology makes location a non-issue and allows communities to enjoy a fast and reliable connection. In an age that deems a strong connection as an essential public service, tech companies understand the demand for feasible connectivity solutions. With many in-person services moving online, such as filing taxes or license renewals, a quality connection is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity. Fixed wireless access is the long awaited solution to bridging the digital gap between rural and urban communities.
Defining Fixed Wireless Access
In broad terms, fixed wireless access is an alternative to traditional broadband that utilizes radio frequencies instead of cables to transmit signals to end users. It is a type of wireless technology that brings connectivity to homes and businesses alike, without the hassle of deploying sizable infrastructure. With fixed wireless, signals are sent out at ultra-high speeds, allowing end users to transfer data to and from their devices seamlessly.
Fixed wireless operates from minimal infrastructure, merely requiring the end user to install a small antenna to receive the signal. It is also a cost-efficient alternative to wired broadband, offering users a stable connection with robust bandwidth and high-speed at an affordable rate.
Understanding the Difference Between Wired and Fixed Broadband Access
- While a wired broadband connection can offer fast internet, fixed wireless broadband can provide the equivalent or exceed wired broadband speeds at a fraction of the cost.
- Wired broadband is dispersed through fibre-optic cables, telephone lines, powerlines, and other like mediums. Fixed wireless signals, on the other hand, travel through the air.
- At times, wired connections may encounter interference from factors such as cable routing (long distances can weaken the connection and cause poor performance). In contrast, fixed wireless access has a much easier time remaining connected when equipment is properly located (ensuring that line of sight isn’t blocked).
- Wired broadband users may experience network congestion as a result of high-user volume. In turn, the network connection can slow down the overall speed and integrity of the signal.
- The physical infrastructure that comes with wired broadband access creates single points of failure, leading to problematic power outages for those depending on a reliable connection.
- The infrastructure also makes deployment difficult and costly for both internet service providers and end users. Installation often requires construction that is invasive and disruptive to communities. Alternatively, fixed wireless access is quick and easy to install.
How is Fixed Wireless Access Deployed?
Fixed wireless access begins with a base station that is connected to a fixed wireless network. The base station distributes radio frequencies to fixed wireless nodes, such as the FW-300i, are typically deployed on towers for 360° coverage. These nodes then send powerful radio signals to your devices or antennas installed on your home. This is where the real connection takes place and allows to you send data to and from with ease.
Fixed wireless node deployments are strategic and targeted to ensure that line of sight isn’t an issue. Removing inconvenient cables and wires from the equation makes installation and network deployment simple and effective. Due to the ease of deployment, bringing connectivity to ‘digital deserts’ with little to no connection has never been easier.
Why Fixed Wireless Access Is Vital for Rural Communities
Fixed wireless broadband solutions are the future of equal network connections for all. Fixed wireless allows end users everywhere to enjoy voice, video, data and more at lightning speed and low latency. Through the combined efforts of CBRS spectrum and fixed wireless access, rural communities can enjoy a better connection than ever before with no drawbacks.
In a time that is so heavily Internet dependent, a superior connection is critical to online functions that are now becoming routine, such as schooling, work, banking, and other services. Many services are even starting to direct people online, such as doctors urging patients to book appointments online. Fixed wireless access can transform life for those underserved and help to build vital online connections such as consumers and services. The potential and capabilities of wireless technology are the key to connecting people worldwide.
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