Metronet’s Wireless Technologies
The inconsistent performance of technology such as WiFi and 3G has lead to misconceptions about the reliability of wireless solutions. Whilst 3G and WiFi are useful access technologies, they are highly contended services and are not sufficiently reliable to support the main backbone of an organisation's network.
However, that is not to say that wireless is inherently unreliable. indeed you may not realise that wireless (radio and microwave) technologies are extensively used by all of the major telecom providers in their backbone networks to support mission critical connectivity.
Metronet deploys carrier-grade wireless equipment to support its dedicated uncontended last mile solutions (there is no sharing of bandwidth between users as is the case with ADSL and WiMAX). As a result Metronet's dedicated connections easily support mission critical, latency dependent services such as voice, video and thin client applications.
For higher speed connectivity, Metronet often uses Gigabit radio solutions and has deployed more Gigabit solutions of this type than any other company in the UK.
Proprietary frequency-hopping point-to-point solutions ensure that Metronet’s leased lines are never compromised by third party radio interference.
Furthermore, the heavy snow and cold temperatures experienced during January 2010 proved that Metronet’s network of wireless leased lines is not adversely affected by extreme weather conditions.
Metronet’s leased lines are more reliable than leased lines delivered across multiple legacy networks using hardware from myriad vendors, and which often depend on a 70 year-old copper wire infrastructure.