This rapidly evolving technology has become a formidable alternative to conventional cabled internet, offering advantages in capacity, security, and cost. Microwave Internet provides a fixed wireless broadband connection through a high-capacity microwave radio link, requiring minimal infrastructure apart from power and a clear line of sight.
WLA – via microwave leased lines or satellite broadband – provides an excellent wireless network option with a high-frequency band for rural locations, industrial estates and other areas, which are not so well served by copper or new fibre broadband. This is a rapidly evolving area and it offers great potential for innovative connectivity solutions.
While the vast majority of home and business users rely on cabled internet connectivity, there is a growing need towards remote or wireless communications connections, especially in more remote and harder to reach areas.
Microwave internet connections have become a serious and feasible contender to the more traditional cable and fibre optic technologies when it comes to capacity, security, and price.
Microwave internet or Wireless Access (WLA) is a fixed wireless broadband connection delivered by high capacity microwave radio link, which does not require any other infrastructure other than power, and a clear or near line of sight. This technology with the help of point to point microwave antenna can rival the reliability of fibre optic networks connections.
A point to point microwave link is a permanent connection between two sites, and it is a tried and tested and most importantly cost-effective alternative communication system to leased line technology. It delivers both voice and data traffic over long distances and to more remote locations and rural areas, offering reliable microwave broadband.
Microwave internet starts with a fibre connection at a point of presence (PoP), which is connected to the national fibre network, or the internet. This in return is connected to the interface of the radio which transmits ultra-high frequency internet access over the air, and it is converted back into a copper or fibre cable at the recipient’s end by a router.
If you find that your business is located a long way from your nearest exchange, or that you are located in a remote rural location and your business is internet dependent, then you might find that your available business phone line connection is not suitable to carry the high speed internet connection that your business requires.
Businesses utilising microwave broadband technology with fast, secure and uncontended internet connections have reported a significant rise in productivity gains, allowing them to minimise cost, increase efficiency and achieve more of their business goals. This technology is also well placed to provide business continuity and resilience planning in order to avoid overreliance on just one type of technology.
The uncontended nature of this technology with its guaranteed Service Level Agreement means that microwave technology, in the absence of leased lines, is ideal for hosting applications, which require large amounts of bandwidth. Microwave broadband can provide a high-speed connection to businesses that would otherwise need to compromise with limited internet speed.
This type of internet connection is a rapidly evolving area offering great potential for innovative connectivity solutions. It can be customized to the specific challenges of your business location and buildings.
It is important to note that microwaves are limited to line of sight propagation, which means that a microwave link installation requires a clear line of sight void of larger building, mountains and other sizeable obstacles. Microwave links can also be affected by something called rain fade (or rain attenuation), particularly for higher frequency ranges and long distances in areas which frequently experience heavy rainfall or precipitative weather.