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Wireless fibre: Need of the hour

  • IASbaba
  • September 11, 2020
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Wireless fibre: Need of the hour

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Technology; IT

In news

  • To bridge digital divide, such technologies such as wireless fibre need to be tapped into.
  • Wireless fibre uses a combination of fixed wireless, high speed microwave and fibre optic technology to deliver broadband directly to homes or businesses. 
  • A small satellite is installed on a poll or your roof and a cable is connected to a router where you need internet connection 
  • It bypasses miles of common underground fibre, copper, and cable infrastructure that often fail due to construction, flooding, or manhole accidents.

Key takeaways

  • Most residential broadband today runs over cables that are laid in the ground or strung on telephone poles, that then branch off and tunnel directly into our houses.
  • Laying these cables is costly, 
  • That is why many Internet providers expand slowly if they’re worried the returns won’t justify the expansion.
  • Cell (mobile) towers are expensive, too, but they create a one-to-many connection that serves thousands of mobile devices wirelessly.
  • The speeds aren’t quite fast on mobile data but for basic Web browsing and video, it’s good enough.

Advantages of wireless fibre

  • Wireless fibre provides a fixed location such as a home or business with all the capacity of a mobile connection but without the need to plug a cable directly into the building.
  • It is a much cheaper way for Internet providers to extend their networks.
  • Wireless is also the most cost-effective as there is no need to alter surrounding infrastructure.
  • It allows multiple devices to connect from anywhere you need them to.
  • Wireless networks can potentially accommodate more users as they are not limited by a specific number of connection ports.

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