FWA is also effective in metropolitan areas, from the biggest office blocks to the busiest retail stores. Whether as primary connectivity in the remote setting, or a cost-effective failover option saving the day in the urban jungle, the business case for wireless business broadband is looking better and better.
But like any other technology, FWA has taken time to reach its current form. In this, the first of “Our Wireless World” series explaining wireless concepts in everyday language, you’ll discover how FWA is making waves – and opening up new opportunities – for our customers and businesses around the world.
Wireless business broadband: new technology for an old idea
Today, many families – particularly Millennials and younger – are ditching the wire totally, without even a landline phone at home. But that’s a recent change. For decades everyone thought a cable in the wall was the best way to connect – indeed, the only way.
But by 1984, the basics of cellular technology had been around for over a decade, with the numbers starting to add up. 1G, an analog service, got things started. By 1991, GSM cellular technology had taken wireless connectivity digital, with the first data services appearing as 2G.
But in those days, 2G’s maximum bandwidth of 40Kb/s was no match for wired dial-up at 56.6, let alone the Ethernet cables appearing in offices offering 10Mb/s and above. And the costs of wireless data were high, often charged per-kilobyte. Unless you were a special case – like Hawaii, whose island style had led to ALOHAnet packet radio in the 1970s – FWA made no sense for digital applications. Yet.
Making a case for business: increased bandwidth