Using Fixed Wireless for SD-WAN Support: Why Is it Necessary?


High-speed internet has become the driving force behind modern businesses. With more than 70% of companies planning to accelerate their use of digital technologies,1 there’s a growing demand for reliable internet connectivity.


SD-WAN is an ideal solution that helps organizations connect multiple sites while working with cloud-based applications and a hybrid workforce. It offers numerous benefits, including optimal bandwidth utilization, top-notch network performance, and seamless management. So it isn’t surprising that the SD-WAN market is projected to reach $8.4 billion by 2025.2


However, when it comes to rural internet connectivity, SD-WAN service providers face several limitations. SD-WAN is susceptible to downtime due to inclement weather, power outages, and other factors. That, in turn, can cause your customers to incur heavy losses.


This emphasizes the importance of using a reliable secondary connection to provide uninterrupted connectivity to your customers. That’s where fixed wireless internet steps into the picture. It’s a type of internet technology that provides connectivity through radio waves and offers several benefits over traditional options, such as cable, DSL, and fiber.

Why Use Fixed Wireless for SD-WAN Support


Even a minor disruption to SD-WAN service can stall end users’ mission-critical operations, affect employee productivity, and result in hefty losses. That means SD-WAN users won’t accept spotty internet connectivity.


While users in urban areas enjoy access to high-speed cable or fiber-optic internet, the same isn’t true for many rural locations. Users in remote, hard-to-reach areas struggle with low speeds, jitter, and latency. If their primary connection fails, they need a reliable secondary connection. You can learn more about the importance of secondary connections in our on-demand webinar.


Webinar: Secondary Connections With Fixed Wireless

Fixed wireless internet helps overcome a number of challenges when it’s used to support SD-WAN connections because it offers a plethora of benefits. Here are a few reasons why fixed wireless is an ideal secondary connection for SD-WAN support:


Hassle-Free Implementation


Providing fixed wireless connectivity to a business is as simple as installing an antenna in the direct line of sight of a base station. Unlike cable or fiber-optic internet, it doesn’t involve extensive underground infrastructure.


That makes it possible to connect users in the most remote locations. Additionally, the use of simple hardware makes it easier for internet service providers (ISPs) to expand coverage in a short duration. That means you can quickly scale your services to reach more customers in remote locations without escalating costs. You can use cable or fiber-optic internet as the primary connection – and fixed wireless can serve as a secondary connection.


Weather-Agnostic Connectivity


Contrary to widespread beliefs, fixed wireless internet isn’t easily susceptible to interruptions due to bad weather. To begin with, wireless base stations are located below the level of storm clouds. This increases the likelihood of uninterrupted internet access during thunderstorms.


Additionally, fixed wireless providers use various measures to ensure optimal performance, despite bad weather. They analyze a user’s location, terrain, and historical weather patterns to identify the most suitable equipment. They even use adaptive modulation to adjust signal strength based on the weather.


That makes fixed wireless a more reliable rural connectivity option than cable, DSL, fiber, or satellite. So, when you use it as a secondary connection, your customers won’t have to experience downtime due to adverse weather.


Guaranteed Scalability


The virtual network infrastructure of SD-WAN makes it agile and scalable. The easy implementation of fixed wireless helps you expand SD-WAN services without worrying about downtime or additional expenses. That’s because fixed wireless isn’t as CapEx-intensive as traditional connectivity options. Combining it with SD-WAN will give uninterrupted connectivity to your customers who can then onboard more employees and take their businesses to new locations.


Improved Security


One of the most common misconceptions about fixed wireless is that it isn’t secure due to the over-the-air transmission of data. However, the reality is that fixed wireless providers use military-grade encryption and other measures to provide a secure connection.


That brings it at par with the security offered by other technologies – including cable, fiber, and satellite. Using fixed wireless as a secondary connection will help protect your customers’ data and applications from cyber attacks.

BeyondReach Is Here for SD-WAN Support


Fixed wireless offers several benefits to SD-WAN providers, including improved network performance, security, and scalability. It’s also easier to implement and less susceptible to weather interference, making it an ideal secondary connection for your customers in rural areas. It helps you provide uninterrupted connectivity to your customers, which can help grow their business (and yours).


With fixed wireless internet, you can expand coverage to remote locations and deliver the best service to your customers. BeyondReach specializes in powering hard-to-reach locations with fixed wireless access. Learn more about how we support SD-WAN services and protect your customers from downtime.