In today’s high-tech world, high-speed internet is undeniably a necessity for the existence of human
society and especially modern business. Whether you’re contacting customers, deploying field sales
reps, or bringing new employees into the fold, a reliable internet connection is crucial in today’s
At ATEL Communications, we always recommend our customers select the right internet technology
based on their requirements.
Here in the sunny city of San Diego, California – there are tons of internet providers from which to
choose. But, often, businesses tend to overlook a large and growing player in the internet community –
Fixed Wireless. Today, we’ll do a deep dive into the present-day use of fixed wireless and what could
be the future of the technology as internet speeds keep increasing.
By now, you’re probably asking yourself, “So what is Fixed Wireless Internet exactly”?
Fixed Wireless is a technology that uses radio waves transmitted from a base station to provide
internet connectivity. In San Diego, Fixed Wireless is a newly used term, but in the past, it used to be
called a wireless point-to-point network. So call it what you will because they are really talking about
the same thing at the end of the day.
A receiver or antenna is installed outside a customer’s building. From there, a cable-run connects the
receiver to a router that’s installed inside the customer’s suite or building. From the base station, which
is local here in San Diego, the internet provider bounces the wireless signal from building to building
through a network of antennas that current customers already have. Unlike 4G internet or 5G internet,
it doesn’t use cell towers to deliver its service but rather a network of antennas that are already
existing on other customers’ roofs or buildings. Eventually, they are all daisy-chained to provide an
ever-expanding coverage area for new and existing customers.
For businesses in San Diego, connecting to a fixed wireless internet is the exact same thing as
connecting to a router/service such as fiber or a T1 connection.
The speed of Fixed Wireless is genuinely comparable to that of cable & fiber optic internet. But what
sets it apart from other technologies is that it’s a lower price point than traditional fiber. Still, similar to
cable internet, it can also be turned up and activated in a speedy time frame.
As with any new technology, customers always have their concerns for Fixed Wireless here in
Since fixed wireless internet offers several benefits, there are some drawbacks too, but not what you
would typically think for wireless service.
The most common questions that businesses ask before signing up for Fixed Wireless are:
- How stable is this kind of internet connection?
- If we need to up our speeds, can Fixed Wireless scale upward with a quick turnaround?
- How secure is Fixed Wireless?
- In San Diego, are there any geographical drawbacks that may hinder the quality of this service?
Some companies do worry that bad weather will make the service perform horribly. However, unlike
4G or 5G wireless, it’s worth noting that while bad weather has the potential to slow down fixed
wireless internet, that’s rarely the case with a redundant Fixed Wireless provider. The biggest and best
fixed wireless providers in San Diego use carrier-grade equipment, advanced technology, and a vast
network of antennas to counter interference caused by bad weather.
For this reason, fixed wireless is undoubtedly one of the more reliable wireless internet connectivity
technologies on the market – compared to 4G and 5G broadband. Keep in mind, though, that all
internet connections are not entirely immune to extreme weather and natural disasters. Heck, even a
fiber circuit can go down because someone decides to dig on their property and cut an existing fiber
line, or maybe a fire rips through a community only to decimate the broadband infrastructure that was
already in place.
The installation process of Fixed Wireless providers for businesses here in San Diego is the same
except for cellular wireless. First, an order is placed, and then the carrier conducts a Site Survey to
ensure that the service and speed are doable. For Fixed Wireless, though, the site survey is done from
the rooftop of a prospective building. They then check for a line of site to the nearest antenna and
conduct tests to ensure that they can deliver the speeds that they already promised the customer. If
the line of site test passes, then it’s time to move forward with the installation. However, if it doesn’t
pass, then this usually means that there is no direct line of site to the nearest fixed wireless receiver.
At that point, the installation is halted, and the customer can then exit the agreement without accruing
any penalties for the cancellation. Therefore, there are many types of physical barriers that can inhibit
fixed wireless providers from allowing their service to be used in certain territories in San Diego or
anywhere else, for that matter. Mountains, other buildings, trees, and distance from existing antennas
are usually the biggest hurdles for Fixed Wireless providers here in San Diego.
Regarding security, it’s easy to think that a wireless signal isn’t as secure as a wired connection, such
as fiber, but that isn’t the case either. Fixed wireless internet has the same level of security as other
‘Wired’ broadband connections. In addition, the easy-to-install and lower costs make it an excellent
choice for internet connectivity.
What other benefits can Fixed Wireless provide?
Crazy-fast internet speeds that usually range from 3MB to 1000MB per second are what businesses
need, and fixed wireless can deliver. Also, with extremely low latency for a wireless signal, it can often
be more stable than DSL, cable broadband, and especially cellular wireless. In the arena of wireless
internet technologies, fixed wireless is the ideal service to use for VOIP, Cloud, or Hosted phones.
As stated earlier, one of the most significant benefits of fixed wireless is its ease of implementation. It
doesn’t require service providers to run phone lines or cables underground, nor does it require them to
create the necessary infrastructure for fiber optic cables – above or below ground. Here in San Diego,
this also makes fixed wireless available for difficult-to-reach locations too.
What customers does Fixed Wireless benefit the most?
Fixed wireless internet is suitable for both primary and secondary data circuits. It’s especially
beneficial for business customers in rural areas. In most cases, the flatter the geographical
topography, the better. Fixed Wireless can be the bridge for businesses in these locations where other
wired connections lack competition between ISPs. An ISP that knows that they are the only ones that
can deliver fiber to the customer building will often charge more for their services, so this is also where
fixed wireless can outperform as a stiff competitor. They can compete at a lower price point to the
In San Diego, will Fixed Wireless become obsolete one day?
There is always talk about the longevity of fixed wireless technology as new technologies become a
reality. Can satellite internet conquer the landscape of wireless one day? Will 5G squash fixed wireless
in the long run? Did video kill the radio stars? Nope, I don’t think so, but only time will tell. The good
news is that the fixed wireless sector is growing at a breakneck speed, so that it won’t be going away
anytime soon. Every year, more and more players are entering this business vertical, so I predict that
rates will continue to drop while coverage areas will continue to increase over time.
ATEL Communications has been a leader in Business Class Phone Systems and Broadband High-
Speed Internet for close to 40 years now. Join our team today and let us consult with your voice & data
team to ensure that your business can keep the lights on for long as it can.
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