Microwave internet may be a foreign term to most, however it is quickly gaining popularity amongst South African households and businesses. So, what is Microwave Internet? Microwave internet provides high-speed wireless data-transfer between any two points, transmitting data through radio waves, eliminating the need for fixed lines. This service is quickly gaining popularity amongst Gauteng service providers and becoming a sought-after alternative method for internet users.
Microwave Internet Services: The Good and The Bad
While there are many positives to Microwave Internet, like any service there may also be a few negatives. We have compiled the four most important things you need to know about Microwave Internet to help you make the best decision for your home or business.
1. Less Interference
One of the most beneficial things about Microwave Internet is that interferences brought by weather are a thing of the past. It removes a lot of the interferences that satellite internet experiences, due to clouds, rain and storms. This is due to radio waves traveling laterally without leaving the atmosphere.
However, due to traveling laterally, geographic structures, such as valleys, mountains and buildings, can create ‘shadows’ behind the structure, as the radio waves are unable to pass through. This may sound like a deal breaker, but through careful planning and strategic layouts, companies position their radio towers in a way that prevent signal degeneration.
2. High-Speed Data Transfer
Microwave Internet uses towers to transmit data to their end users. These towers are typically located within 20 kilometres of each other and, due to these small distances, the user experiences a much lower case of latency, or ‘lag’, resulting in much faster internet, bringing its latency level as low as fibre optics.
When using Microwave internet, users may come across the problem of ‘shared bandwidth’. This occurs when numerous people within range of one tower have to share the bandwidth, therefore reducing the internet speed. Again, this may seem like a deal breaker, but as Microwave Internet Services become more popular, the number of towers increase, relieving the pressure of vast amounts of users sharing one tower.
3. More Cost Effective
When comparing the cost of Microwave Internet with Satellite internet, in almost every case Microwave internet was more cost effective. This comparison included the month’s charges, as well as the installation fee. When opting for Microwave Internet services, you are also opting out of the long-term contracts that are commonly used by Satellite companies.
4. No more Data Caps
Whilst Satellite companies reduce your overall internet speed once you have used a certain amount of data, most Microwave Internet providers do not enforce such data caps- this gives you the possibility to down load numerous large files without the fear of being capped or having the speed of your downloads reduced.
Call Suretel for More Information about Microwave Services Today
While more common forms of internet, such as satellite internet, are more popular amongst the general public, Microwave Internet technology is proving to be another great option if you are looking for reliable, high-speed internet. This option is worth considering for your home or business- Call Suretel today for more information or send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!