How 3G Fixed Wireless Compares to T1:
3G fixed wireless is available to approximately 95% of the homes and businesses in the US. T1 and fixed wireless each provide unique advantages to businesses. Because T1 is delivered through phone lines, T1 is available to virtually all homes and businesses in the US. T1 is a much more stable circuit than fixed wireless; and usually provides much higher upload bandwidth than fixed wireless. T1 guarantees 1.5 megabits per second for both upload and download simultaneously. Fixed wireless provides an average of about 1.5 mbps of download, but only about 500 k of upload. Because the bandwidth strength of fixed wireless is dependent on proximity to cell towers and is a shared circuit, bandwidth levels are not guaranteed. T1 bandwidth is dedicated, and it’s bandwidth levels are commonly guaranteed with a service level guarantee. The price of T1 can vary from $300 per month to $800 per month depending on the remoteness of the business location. The monthly cost for fixed wireless averages about $160 per month. For very small businesses, the price advantage of fixed wireless may be significant. For specific pricing and availability of fixed wireless, DSL, and T1, please use the link below this article for access to our patented real time pricing and availability tool.
Fixed wireless is an excellent source of circuit redundancy. Circuit redundancy is available when a business receives it’s bandwidth through more than one source, so that if one source such as telephone lines are disabled, other sources, such as satellite, cable, fixed wireless, will provide backup bandwidth. Many businesses seek circuit redundancy because bandwidth downtime is extremely expensive. Bandwidth (both voice and data) is now the primary communication channel between businesses and their customers, between the employees within a company, and between a company with many branches located in other geographic locations. In this day and age, loss of bandwidth can be crippling to businesses. Imagine a company that is completely cut off from its customers for four hours, two days, a week, or a month because their primary landline bandwidth circuit has been severed due to an accident, or a natural disaster. Not only does this company lose the business of customers during the time of the outage, but they may also lose credibility with their customers, for not being available when needed. There may also be another expensive long term ramification of bandwidth outages. If customers cannot reach a business during an outage, do most customers sit and wait for the outage to be over, or do they seek other similar businesses which are available and can meet their needs immediately? The most expensive aspect of bandwidth outages might be the permanent loss of customers to competitors. Another cost of lack of circuit redundancy which should be discussed, is the cost of employees sitting idle because they are cut off from customers and vendors outside the company. What would be the cost of 100 or 1000 employees sitting idle for one day? Fixed wireless is an extremely redundant circuit, because it enters the business through the air, not through copper wires or fiber. If the copper or fiber is severed, fixed wireless serves as an excellent backup, because it enters the building from a completely independent source.