Fixed Wireless or Full-Fibre Broadband Core

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What’s the difference, and what should you choose?

We’re working tirelessly to bring full-fibre broadband to rural towns and villages across Scotland, to help bridge the digital divide. Occasionally, we come across remote areas that can’t be connected to our full-fibre service – so in many cases we do our best to provide a fixed wireless solution, rather than leave any home behind.

However, our aim is to deliver the very latest full-fibre broadband as far and wide as possible, so full-fibre is always our first choice solution. Let us explain why.

What is Fixed Wireless Broadband?

Fixed Wireless broadband uses radio signals to connect to the internet. This generally involves an antenna or dish installed at the property, which in turn connects to a wireless tower in the area. The signal is then transmitted from here with no physical cables running directly into the home.

Pros:

Fixed Wireless is a good solution for remote areas that are difficult to reach via a full-fibre network. Fixed Wireless providers generally offer speeds from a few Mbps up to 100Mbps (although advances in technology mean speeds can be higher than this in some cases).

Cons:

Speeds are slower and can vary considerably depending on the distance from the tower. Reliability is hampered by weather, physical obstructions such as trees or buildings, and the number of users connected to (and drawing signal from) the same tower.

What is Full-Fibre Broadband?

Full-fibre broadband is the very latest broadband technology available, and uses fibre-optic cables to deliver broadband directly into the home.

Pros:

Full-fibre broadband is the fastest and most reliable broadband option available. It provides extremely high speeds (up to 1Gbps or higher) with symmetrical upload and download speeds.

Full-fibre isn’t affected by environmental issues or distance from the cabinets or towers. It’s future-proof, and capable of supporting higher speeds and whatever bandwidth-guzzling programmes or platforms technology throws our way.

Cons:

Building a full-fibre network is a difficult, lengthy and expensive process and so they’re more commonly found in urban and suburban areas which offer a greater return on investment.

So, in short:

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Fixed wireless broadband is a practical solution for areas where full-fibre broadband infrastructure isn’t available. It’s flexible and relatively quick to install, but does suffer from issues around speed and reliability.

Full-fibre broadband is the gold standard for ultrafast, ultra-reliable service, future-proofing and even adding value to your home for years to come.

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