If your business needs 100% up-time, you’ll want a second, backup internet connection for even the best, high-speed fiber network. While fiber has a 99.999% up-time, when it does fail, you’ll need to stay connected to prevent a crash of your most critical systems. Previously, the best way to do this was with a coaxial or T1 connection. Now, we have a less expensive, more flexible option: Wireless WAN.
Wireless WAN (Wide Area Network) is a 5G LTE network solution. Since it’s wireless, you won’t have to worry about losing connection due to storms and construction downing or cutting cables. Set-up is simple enough for same-day installation, and Wireless WAN is uniquely well-suited for providing internet to remote or temporary locations.
How should you decide the best Internet option for your business?
What kinds of businesses need two internet connections? Most companies with a backup internet solution need 100% up-time in order to run their business effectively and efficiently. The reasons vary, but include:
- Hospitals and clinics that need 24/7 access to their systems and life-sustaining equipment
- Construction companies with temporary worksites
- Law offices
- Financial institutions that require 24/7 network access
- Any business who could suffer a loss or service interruption due to an internet outage
A backup internet connection could look like a hard-wired coaxial or T1 connection, or it could be a cellular-based wireless WAN. It is extremely unlikely for the cause of a fiber outage to also cause an outage on your backup circuit. However, going wireless is one way to improve the odds of your backup network working when your primary network fails.
Backups may not be strictly necessary in some industries, but are still extremely beneficial. If you run a store with modern credit card and POS machines, you may not be able to process transactions if your internet connection fails. Many wireless WAN solutions come with their own backup power source, meaning they can withstand temporary power outages as well. Backup internet is a great way to plan ahead for a wide variety of events that would otherwise hurt your business.
If your company could benefit from a backup internet connection, wireless WAN is your best choice. In a survey of 499 IT decision-makers – vice-presidents, directors and managers – over half cited LTE’s flexibility in enabling new services as their top reason for switching to WWAN. In addition to its flexibility, it’s cheaper than your typical coaxial or T1 backup internet solution. For an expert opinion on whether or not your company could benefit from wireless WAN, contact your Digital Agent.
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