Faster Than Fiber
Electromagnetic waves travel 50% faster than fiber optic cable through the air. The light in the fiber cable is traveling through a medium similar to glass, which has a higher density than air. Microwaves traveling through air travel very close to the speed of light, helping support the idea that microwave fixed wireless is able to work faster than fiber.
When explaining how wireless technology can be faster than fiber, we all know that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. This principle gives Microwave technology an inherent advantage over optical networks. Optical networks cannot be deployed through geographical and infrastructural obstacles like buildings, bridges, mountains and lakes. Instead, optical networks must go around these obstacles or in metropolitan areas the fiber lines must follow street grids, thus adding distance to the total network path. Microwave overcomes these obstacles and works faster than fiber due to the direct “point-to-point” route, providing true speed-of-light benefits.
The existence of more hops introduces more processing latency and noise to a network. Because Microwave networks typically reduce the number of hops as compared to optical networks, this reduces the overall end-to-end latency. Towerstream’s SLA guarantees 99.99% service availability within our coverage areas, 99.9% packet delivery, less than 75ms roundtrip delay on the Towerstream backbone and 50ms roundtrip on Towerstream’s last mile solution.
Towerstream’s Fixed Wireless Technology allows us to completely bypass the local phone company and exchange carriers in the 12 markets we service. Our unique delivery method allows Towertream to provide fast and simple installation in as little as 3-5 days.
“We were moving to a new building, and after the demolition crew ripped the fiber mux from the wall, Verizon was telling us it would be two to three months before we could get Internet. Towerstream had us up and running within five weeks of the initial phone call. Not only did they deliver in a pinch, but they have continued to deliver excellent service since the move in 2010.”–Nathan Wright, Director of IT, Isaacson Miller