Six Cost-Saving Reasons To Use Wireless Network Infrastructure

By Admin | November 20, 2014

The backhaul portion of a communications network is a crucial component of the network. It can be built with wired and wireless components, depending on whichever configuration best serves the requirements of the application. In this post, we'll list six benefits of using wireless for your backhaul or backbone needs. 

 

Wireless Backhaul Requires Less Equipment

RESOLUTE Partners is frequently called upon to install wireless networks in campus settings such as military bases and hospital complexes. While there are many benefits in using existing wiring whenever possible, supplementing or augmenting the wiring with wireless usually results in significant cost savings. If we were to run fiber-optic or Ethernet cable throughout the network, the material costs would be considerably higher. 

Performance

Performance is based on many factors including distance, interfaces and line-of-sight, to name just a few. Wireless technology had made great advances in the past few years, and with the right equipment and proper engineering, wireless connections can deliver gigabit network speeds and throughput.

Low-Cost Expansion

Adding a building to a wired network can cost tens of thousands of dollars. By contrast, a wireless network node, sector, or "backhaul" on a network backbone can be installed at a fraction of the cost. 

Wireless Networks Can Reduce Personnel Costs

Installing a wired network requires the efforts of large numbers of professionals such as electrical engineers, electricians, concrete contractors and excavator operators. 

Deploying a wireless network, on the other hand, typically takes a far smaller crew. A two-person team is usually sufficient to install and configure nodes and base stations for a mesh network. In addition, maintaining the network is less complicated and takes far fewer technicians.

Wireless Networks Minimize or Eliminate the Need for Permits

Trenching of land can require extensive planning and approvals from local and state agencies, adding to already significant project costs. Installing a wireless network, however, obviates the need to obtain permits to dig trenches or pour concrete. Not having to apply for these permits saves on administrative time and overhead. 

Additionally, most private wireless networks used for wireless backhaul use signals in the unlicensed frequencies (as specified in FCC Part 15 Code of Regulations). This eliminates the need to go through the FCC's permitting process.  

Reduced Time to Deploy Network Devices

It can take a long time to plan the installation of a wired network, acquire permits, finish construction and deploy devices. Alternatively, by utilizing a wireless design, a building can be connected to a mesh network in as little as a single day. 

Customers benefit from reduced costs because of the shorter timeframes. Faster deployment also means they can start being productive on their networks earlier. 

The time and cost savings summarized above are compelling reasons to use wireless networks for your network and backhaul needs, especially in wide-area applications like campus networks. RESOLUTE has been putting up wireless networks in federal government and military sites for more than a decade. To discuss wireless needs at your location, contact us today.