Tarana Wireless, Inc.

Wireless is Essential for a Balanced Broadband Diet

Done right, wireless is a fantastic complement to traditional fiber deployments for rapid deployment of gigabit-class broadband.

Everyone knows fiber is good for your diet, but no one will say it’s the only thing you should eat. The same can be said for broadband, too.

There are many ways to deliver broadband services: wireless, fiber optic, pigeons (RFC 1149 anyone?). Each has a place within a balanced portfolio of broadband services. Well, except the pigeons, maybe.

The benefits of fiber are well-known. Indeed, many wireless internet service providers (WISPs) also deploy fiber. That they still have “wireless” in their name should tell you something. In fact, fiber and wireless are complementary technologies that can work extremely well together. Astute operators know this and take full advantage.

The downside of fiber is that it can be time consuming and expensive to deploy. There are locations in which fiber simply will not be feasible, economically or otherwise. Wireless is faster to deploy (no trenching and less permitting) and doesn’t suffer from backhoe fade, but has traditionally been seen as a slower alternative.

When it comes to speed, the limiting factor for fixed wireless speeds has not been physics, but rather existing wireless technologies. With the right equipment and know-how, wireless can achieve speeds comparable to fiber with high reliability and rapid deployment options. This has advantages in any environment, from rural, to suburban and dense urban areas and represents a valuable tool in any operator’s toolkit.

Here at Tarana, we understand this and have spent a great deal of time pushing the limits of physics to build next-generation fixed wireless access like the world has never seen before. Tarana’s Gigabit 1 (G1) next-generation FWA (ngFWA) takes advantage of custom silicon, teraflop processing, precise digital beamforming, and sophisticated software algorithms to achieve what no other wireless technology has managed: reliable, cost-effective high-speed wireless broadband suitable for any deployment scenario.

Why hasn’t anyone else done this?

No one else can do what G1 does – for many reasons. The first is time. It takes time to develop a new technology, to design and build custom silicon, to field test algorithms and ensure they deliver the right results. We know better than anyone else how hard this is. It’s also the reason why no one else can touch the results our customers are seeing today with G1. Not without spending years and millions of dollars in R&D anyway.

Another reason is the hardware. To achieve results beyond what is possible with other technologies requires developing new hardware techniques. Tarana’s custom system on a chip (SoC) silicon is the result of 12 years of design, IP, and field testing. G1 hardware is not off the shelf and neither is the performance. Our customers expect nothing less.

Finally, there are the people. Tarana isn’t just a company, it’s a team of talented folks focused on creating an entirely new way of doing wireless. It’s the people who bring all of the components — hardware, software, design, and testing — together to create the G1 platform.

To paraphrase a saying, if you want different results, you need to change what you’re doing. Next-generation fixed wireless access from Tarana does exactly that.

If you just can’t wait to learn more, check out our other blogs or some of our favorite customer links. Or reach out to us at info@taranawireless.com. We’d love to hear from you.