Fixed wireless is often the preferred solution for customers who cannot be reached by DSL or Cable, but do not have the budget for T1. Fixed wireless is also an excellent source for bandwidth redundancy as a backup source in case your primary internet or bandwidth network goes down. Fixed wireless internet is available to about 98% of the homes and businesses in the United States. Fixed wireless service allows you to lock into the strongest internet signal of the largest cell companies, AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. You can order fixed wireless on a monthly basis for short term use, or on 1, 2 or 3 year contracts for greater cost savings. Once you order fixed wireless service, you can usually have it set up and working within 4 business days from the day you order. The most significant factor in set up time is what type of shipping option you choose, for the delivery of the antennas. For shipping, you can select from several options that range between overnight, to ground delivery, depending on your needs. Once you receive the equipment, you can usually set up the service in about 15 minutes.
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.