Wireless vs Fibre


The Myth

There’s a myth that wireless networks are affected by the weather?

They’re not. Although wireless signals can be slightly weakened by moisture, today’s digital wireless networks are designed and built with enough capability to easily overcome the effects of even the heaviest rain or fog. The principles of a digital wireless internet connection are just the same as those of a major digital commerical radio broadcaster, whose transmissions are solid, clear and dependable, whatever the weather. And every wireless network is built to take into account the number of hops involved, and any potential obstructions to line of sight, to ensure a consistently robust connection.

 

Speed

There is a myth that wireless broadband is slower than fibre, this is not the case. Wireless  speeds of 1Gb/s can be achieved with the correct equipment. Our network has been tested at speeds exceeding 500Mb/s.

 

Installation

Fibre requires the excavation of a new cable all the way to the termination point in your property. This will involve digging up your garden or driveway. Wireless does not require any excavations as it is received from a high point on your property just like your TV aerial.

 

Cost

Fibre services require a high investment and as a result can be expensive and require long contracts for service providers to claw back their investment. Wireless costs less to deploy and results in lower costs to the customer.

 

Fibre supplied over copper cabling

Fibre services which are provided over the existing BT copper network are not true fibre and have limits in terms of speed and latency. Typically the fastest speed posisble are 76Mb/s down and 19MB/s. Wireless can go far beyond these speeds.

 

Delivery

Wireless connections can be deployed quickly and customers can be installed and up and running the day after a site survey. Where as fibre networks require excavation of roads and paths to get to their location which can be held up by way leave agreements and often routes are just not possible or viable due to complications. The scars of fibre installations in historic villages is not always favoured by residents or supporters of the countryside.