Fixed Wireless Access
What is it?
Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) covers a broad spectrum of technologies and services. For the purposes of this page, we will cover the more popular technologies and services available to allow internet access.
Where is it available?
A number of providers have rolled out services. These are predominantly in Dublin and Cork. Please check here for details.
How does it work?
These technologies are usually looked upon as alternatives to fixed wire services like DSL and Cable. As the wiring to peoples homes is almost always in the control of one vendor and access to this infrastructure can be both costly and difficult, FWA operators use radio spectrum (both licensed and unlicensed) to offer service to residential and business customers.
A base station is located in an area where potential customers exist. The provider connects the base station to its own network and the internet. This can be done using wired or wireless technologies also.
All the current services on offer in Ireland are line of sight. This requires the receiver antenna on the customer's premises to have an unobstructed view of a base station antenna. A line of sight (LOS) test is necessary to ensure a reliable connection can be achieved. (One provider is currently trialling non line of sight (NLOS) technology) A customer signs up for the service and after a LOS test is carried out successfully, installation technicians will come to install the equipment. An antenna is placed usually at the highest point on the building and receiving equipment is placed at the other end of a cable linking the two. The indoor equipment is usually placed close to a PC or network connection and may have either a USB or Ethernet connection to the PC or network.
These services are typically symmetrical, that is, the same speed for upload and download.
What does it cost?
One time costs:
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