Solution Brief: Extend Your Fiber Reach With Wireless Connectivity

By Lisa Sandoval 3 min read

In today's swiftly evolving, "connected" world, the demand for faster, more reliable internet is unyielding. Leading this charge has been the introduction of all-fiber – or fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networkspromising high-speed access everywhere. Yet, despite its considerable advantages, limiting your technology options to fiber is sure to bring about substantial hurdles once you reach the deployment phase.

These include the often-arduous process of securing rights of way and permits, the high costs of fiber, and the extensive time and skilled labor needed to lay fiber across complex and often challenging terrain. Physical barriers like railroads, waterways, and rugged terrains add to the complexity, often making the goal of deploying a fiber-only network both physically and economically unfeasible. 
Wireless solutions emerge as a powerful ally in these all-too-common scenarios, offering a viable means to extend the reach of fiber in the network. By bridging the gaps where fiber deployment becomes impractical or prohibitively expensive, wireless technology ensures that the benefits of high-speed connectivity can be enjoyed even in remote or hard-to-reach locations. This hybrid approach combines the best of both worlds: the speed and reliability of fiber, with the capacity, low latency, flexibility, and shorter deployment times of wireless systems. Furthermore, wireless solutions can circumvent the need for extensive trenching and construction work required for laying or hanging fiber, significantly reducing both costs and environmental impact. 

Leveraging wireless solutions to complement fiber deployments not only accelerates the pace of network expansion but also enhances accessibility, ensuring that more communities can benefit from high-quality internet service. This strategic integration addresses the critical challenges facing all-fiber rollouts and paves the way for a more connected, inclusive future. 

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