Point to point radios
There are 2 types of hardware being used to setup the high speed wireless network. First type is the point to point radios used for communication between towers and the other is point to multi point radios for communication between towers and clients. Up to now you could only achieve a maximum throughput of 54Mb/s under perfect conditions. But with the new technology available on the market this has changed considerably.
The point to point radios we use can transfer with speeds up to 300Mb/s under perfect conditions and has the new MIMO (multi in multi out) technology. This allows us to connect up to 3 radios which can run in parallel to achieve a 900Mb/s transmission rate. (A music CD can hold up to 650Mb)
Point to multipoint radios
The point to multipoint radios (usually referred to as client base stations) are positioned in areas that require wireless service. Each base station allows for 254 clients to connect to the network. These new base stations make provision for 300Mb/s transfer rate, which is a vast improvement on any older technology currently being used in the market.
Old radios – 54Mb/s ÷ 254 clients = 0.23Mb/s per client
New radios – 300Mb/s ÷ 254 clients = 1.18Mb/s per client
This new technology gives us the best oppertunity to a superior service in a bandwidth hungry world!
Resilience to environment and other factors
Contrary to the intuitive view that radios attached to a steel tower on top of a mountain should suffer constant environmental damage, the radios that we employ are truly “carrier grade” – they are designed to spend years outside in a severely unfriendly environment and to continue functioning at peak performance. Our radios have been well tested in the harsh Lowveld Summer weather where there have been instances where towers have taken direct lightning strikes and the radios have continued functioning without pause.
Last Updated (Thursday, 16 September 2010 13:22)