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Microwave offers service where others fear to tread

Fiber optics has been touted as the ultimate Internet delivery medium for some time, but fiber has some inherent disadvantages that wireless microwave-based Internet overcome. Microwave is a faster, lower latency, lower cost alternative to fiber in some cases.

Microwave wireless networks transmit and receive radio signals through the air. This allows service providers to establish high-speed data circuits in days – not months – and at a fraction of the cost to pull in fiber or cable. In point-to-point applications, microwave operates with lower latency than the best fiber or cable services because the path is shorter and has fewer devices between user devices. Acceleration Systems bandwidth optimization, used in conjunction with microwave infrastructure, has the ability to deliver fiber-like performance.

Benefits include:

Limited on site infrastructure

  • Low logistical and operation costs
  • Expanded availability

Microwave is a viable option to sites located beyond the fiber or cable footprint and to locations where a backup connection independent of last mile conditions is sought.

Microwave is sensitive to weather. Rain can increases error rates and reduces speed. When used as a last mile connection to the Internet, latency can negatively affect transfer speed. Acceleration Systems improves microwave performance by offloading traffic and minimizing the effects of latency.  Data offload has the dual benefit of fewer bytes traversing the link which in turn means fewer opportunities for lost packets. TCP optimization deals with latency induced performance impediments. The net result: AS bandwidth optimization produces faster data transfers in any weather.