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The most common method of providing high bandwidth connectivity between two or more locations within close proximity is fiber. However, the prohibitive cost of fiber has created a flourishing market for high-speed wireless connectivity solutions that deliver the capacity to satiate even the most bandwidth-hungry organizations at a fraction of the cost of fiber.

This research note discusses high-speed wireless solutions that growing companies may find attractive, including:

  • High frequency millimeter wave (mmW) wireless.
  • Free Space Optics (FSO) laser based wireless.
  • Lower frequency sub-gigabit wireless.

High speed point-to-point wireless solutions can provide viable connectivity solutions for campus networks and Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) and should be considered whenever laying underground fiber seems like the only option.

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