We have been working with fixed wireless technologies since 2012 and over the last decade, we have grown from a superfast provider to a gigabit provider. This has ultimately been targeted at areas with no broadband options at all with many other fixed wireless access providers doing other parts of the UK.
We’ve been following our competitors deployments carefully, the technology used and customer experiences. We’ve seen reports that some customers of other fixed wireless providers are suffering issues with speeds and drop-outs.
We have encountered the same issues with our own deployments however upon investigation, there are four main reasons why fixed wireless connections can go wrong after they have been working correctly. Some experience slow speeds periodically and some randomly loose their connection, with little or no resolution.
Fixed Wireless Relay
We have been working hard investigating issues on fixed wireless networks and reviewing innovations, new products and installation methods. When we started, 54Mbps was the normal however this increased to 300Mbps during development and trials. In real world testing, we’ve seen solid 50, 100 and 300Mbps connections using a number different IEEE 802.11 standards. The inclusion of MIMO technology and increased density of Quadrature amplitude modulations means its now possible to secure multi-gigabit wireless connections which are solid and reliable, using multiple frequencies to establish failsafe links so connections never flicker.
Generally, its an obstruction that’s causing signal scatter and lowering the quality and decreasing the connections performance, sometimes to the point it disconnects. This can be anything from a growing tree to a new build. While work can be done to improve the situation, ultimately, a new route to the mast is needed. Sometimes, if the signal fades after a windy spell, it’s just the alignment which can be easily fixed. Other cases of long term low signal can be due to the masts location and distance from the customer. Ideally, under 4km will provide solid connections.
It’s important to maintain a short, clear line of sight. It’s actually an easy process to plan and survey and can be done within a few days. Once completed, wayleave agreements will be arranged and materials ordered. We have a number of power options such grid/mains connection or grid-free solar and wind renewables.
We can use telegraph poles and/or steel columns with camouflaged equipment to hide our infrastructure in plain sight.
How we do it?
We use our extensive knowledge, decade of trying and testing and our code powers to utilise legislation and within regulations in order to drive our broadband innovation.
If your a customer, a provider or a network builder, get in touch to discover what WestWiFi can do for you!