Analyzing The Differences Between DSL and Fixed Wireless Internet

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What is Fixed Wireless?

Fixed wireless Internet uses radio waves transmitted by tower which is different from cable, DSL and fibre, all of which use cables or wires. It’s also different from satellite Internet which, as the name implies, communicates with satellites in space. Fixed wireless utilises a microwave signal to beam radio waves from a transmitter location, or Point of Presence (PoP), to a receiver location at another fixed location. The receiver is usually a fixed aerial, antenna or dish device which you mount on a roof similar to a satellite dish.

Issues with Fixed Wireless

Although there are no wires involved, the connection does require a clear line of sight between receiver and transmitter radios to work. This implies reliance on line of sight and obstructions between the two points will cause a lack of signal. Fixed wireless is more expensive than DSL due to the improvement in technology and infrastructure. This cost may decline as more subscribers make use of the service.

Benefits of Fixed Wireless

Fixed wireless transmits radio signals and this means that users who choose this method of connectivity, do not require any additional wiring. Fixed wireless supports download speeds of 1Gbps, making it faster than DSL.

Because fixed wireless is suitable for both urban and rural environments, it is more accessible and its installation is quicker. An added benefit is its scalability and is referred to as future-proof because bandwidth can be turned up or down based on the changing needs of a user. Operating on a local or regional basis, fixed wireless providers understand the local community and can focus on providing excellent customer service.


Depending on its availability, fixed wireless offers superior speeds, a more stable connection, and a cable-free alternative compared to DSL.

Fixed wireless broadband refers to any technology that allows broadband signals to be broadcast over a set, limited range without the use of wires. Typically, fixed wireless broadband services are delivered using radio waves and require a receiver. Digital subscriber line (DSL) broadband service is delivered over the telephone network, which mostly uses copper wires. DSL, or any of its variants, requires a telephone line and a special modem. Fixed wireless broadband service is good for those in remote areas.

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