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Microwave Fixed Wireless Internet vs. Fiber Optic Cable

Microwave Fixed Wireless Internet vs. Fiber Optic Cable

Is airFiber the right choice for your business?

airFiber is a newer technology on the market that serves as an alternative to hard-wired fiber optic cable for businesses looking to go wireless. As more businesses learn about the advantages of microwave fixed wireless technologies, they may question whether it is the right solution for them. We’ve found in many cases it may be the right choice for many types of buildings—allowing for higher bandwidth needs and improved reliability and performance.

Below, we’ve outlined a comparison of airFiber’s microwave fixed wireless technology and traditional fiber optic cabling (but the best way to determine what’s best for your company is to talk to a professional).

Lower Latency

Fiber optic cabling networks feature more points the connection needs to travel to—decreasing the speed and leading to more processing latency. Microwave fixed wireless technology reduces the number of hops, which can lead to lower end-to-end latency. While it may seem small improvements for individual use, gaining a couple of milliseconds day-over-day, week-over-week can add up to a substantial advantage for businesses. One great benefit of lower latency is for businesses that use VoIP phone systems—results often lead to superior call quality for those businesses.


Downtime can be costly for businesses—when there are connectivity issues, it can cause a drop in efficiency and loss of sales. Microwave fixed wireless internet technology is more reliable than fiber optic networks. This mainly stems from the hard-wired version being run underground—leaving the connections susceptible to damage from the elements, animals, accidental destruction, and even vandalism. airFiber’s technology is point-to-point connection so there are fewer elements (just the points of installation) that need to be secure in order for the technology to remain up and running.


Microwave fixed wireless internet connection speeds easily meet and exceed fiber optic network speeds (and speeds can be improved even more without a massive overhaul of the cabling or building’s infrastructure).

airFiber gigabit performance ranges from:

  • 2+ Gbps for airFiber AF-5/AF-5U
  • 4+ Gbps for airFiber AF-24
  • 2 Gpbs for airFiber AF-24HD

Installation Requirements

Fiber optic networking can take a lot of time and resources to install (possibly many weeks). airFiber can be installed within four to five days, minimizing downtime for upgrades or delays in construction. Installation is also more affordable, as there is no need for digging or full-building wiring.

Wireless airFiber Installation in the Southwest

Interested in learning more about airFiber and how it could help your business stay ahead? Installation of microwave wireless technology is much more simple and cost-effective than hard wired alternatives.

At Corporate Technology Solutions, we have offices in Tempe and Tucson, but can provide low voltage installation and services throughout Arizona. Contact us today to get started!

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 at 9:40 am and is filed under In-Building Wireless. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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