Everything You Need to Know about Fixed Wireless Backup Internet Connections for Businesses

Apr 4, 2023

It’s no secret that your enterprise business relies heavily on your Internet connection. 28 percent of all business in the United States is conducted online. 81 percent of buyers choose to research a company online before making a purchase. U.S. businesses register approximately 11 million video conferencing meetings per day – all of which rely on high-quality Internet access.

With these stats in mind, deploying a dedicated, fiber-based Internet connection at your business locations is a no-brainer. But a single dedicated connection isn’t enough to keep your business operating in the event of an unforeseen catastrophic outage on that line. You’ll also need to implement a secondary backup connection to ensure always-on connectivity. Many businesses today, including APX Net’s enterprise customers, are turning to a fixed wireless backup connection.

What is Fixed Wireless Internet?

Fixed wireless provides high-speed broadband Internet access to a single location via radio waves. By utilizing antennas, towers and an express line of sight (LoS) to transmit point-to-point signals, fixed wireless technology eliminates the need for terrestrial cable, satellite feeds or local phone lines.

Why Use Fixed Wireless Internet as a Backup Connection?

Backup Internet connections and Internet failover solutions are critical to keeping your business operating and connected to the outside world if your primary connection ever fails. Many companies install a secondary Internet connection that doesn’t rely on the same lines and underlying carrier as their primary business Internet connection.

A fixed wireless backup connection running on licensed spectrum is a reliable option because there’s no line in the ground that can be disrupted. So, a jackhammer, backhoe, flood or other disasters won’t take the connection down.

Plus, the type of delivery method between your primary fiber connection and your secondary fixed wireless connection is so different that if one is impacted, the other link isn’t likely to be affected by those same factors.

What are the Advantages of Fixed Wireless Internet?

Enterprises deploy fixed wireless as their backup business Internet solution for these key reasons:

  • Guaranteed Speeds – Your fixed wireless connection is dedicated to your enterprise locations with guaranteed speed and throughput.
  • Ease of Implementation – Fixed wireless only requires an express line of sight (LoS) to a location and an antenna to receive the signal. Given the fast installation, it can serve as a provisional primary connection while your fiber is being installed.
  • Redundancy – Fixed wireless as a secondary connection ensures your business is always online through an alternate backup delivery method to your primary fiber connection.
  • Dedicated Connection – Fixed wireless Internet provides a dedicated Internet access connection similar to a fiber connection because it transmits the radio waves only between the central tower and the antenna on the roof of your office building.
  • Wide Availability – Since fixed wireless Internet uses radio waves, a connection between rural and hard-to-reach locations can be established.

Does Weather Impact a Fixed Wireless Backup Connection?

A common concern businesses bring up when deploying a fixed wireless solution is whether natural weather events will impact the connection. If engineered correctly, your Internet service provider (ISP) will have factored in an area’s terrain, historical weather patterns, rain fade, thermal ducting and the distance between the tower and your office to inform the best frequencies and carrier-grade equipment for your deployment.

How Long Does it Take to Install a Fixed Wireless Backup Connection?

Fixed wireless Internet installation periods can vary, but typically run about two weeks, sometimes faster. If your enterprise wants to deploy a fixed wireless backup connection, you can contact APX Net here.

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