What is 5G/FTW?
5G/FTW refers to fifth generation (5G) Fixed Terrestrial Wireless (FTW) ultra-broadband systems. 5G/FTW systems. In short, 5G is faster, more reliable and generally less expensive than other wireless broadband systems.
What is the difference between FTW and 4G mobile networks?
Fixed Terrestrial Wireless systems utilize high gain, fixed point antennas that can maintain a very high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). SNR is one of the primary factors determining the speed and reliability of a broadband system. Mobile broadband networks utilizing 3G and 4G technology are optimized for mobility and are not able to maintain the same high SNR of a fixed wireless system. Since fixed wireless networks are designed to maintain a high SNR, they can deliver higher speeds and greater reliability over longer distances. Fixed wireless systems also have more overall system capacity. Mobile providers typically charge a high rate for data consumed to discourage users from overloading the system.
What is the difference between FTW and satellite broadband?
Fixed Terrestrial Wireless systems are ground based and the data packets travel very short distances compared to satellite broadband systems. With a satellite system, the packets have to travel 22,223 miles from end user to satellite, back to earth to the Internet backbone and then all the way back, for a total of around 100,000 miles. Even at the speed of light, the round trip takes over 500ms – half a second. This latency makes satellite unsuitable for videoconferencing, telecommuting, VOIP and gaming. FTW systems typically have latency of 5 to 25ms to get to Internet backbone, comparable to modern fiber, cable and dsl systems. FTW systems also have the advantage of rapid scalability. Satellite systems are complex and very expensive to deploy, while FTW systems can be scaled up in days to meet additional demand.
How does FTW compare to cable and dsl?
5G FTW networks are capable of higher speeds than DSL and have comparable capacity to cable systems. The Vistabeam Ultra 5G FTW system can deliver speeds of up to 20meg to the end users on an optimally configured base station. Cable and DSL are both dependent on wireline networks that are obsolete in many places, expensive to build and do not pass many suburban and rural homes. FTW is available to any location that has clear line-of-sight to a nearby base station.