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What Are Fixed Wireless Networks? Vecta Labs Explains

What is Fixed Wireless?

If you work in the field of internet tech, cellular networks, or mobile services, or if you regularly engage with us at Vecta Labs, you might have heard the term Fixed Wireless being thrown around recently. 

We wanted to share a quick rundown of what it is and why it’s important.

Unlike more traditional ADSL and fibre broadband services, which use cables, Fixed Wireless Internet delivers the signal via radio waves. A radio receiver (or dish) needs to be installed on the roof of any properties accessing Fixed Wireless networks, and this dish communicates with the nearest transmission site to provide Internet access.

Your devices connect to the Internet through a router and Ethernet ports – so, just the same way as most other internet connections. But the internal wiring links these to the roof-mounted receiver, making the connection “fixed” in place.

Why “Fixed” Matters

Unlike mobile services, which are portable and use different networks, fixed wireless operates with devices at fixed locations like homes and offices. These devices typically draw power from the mains, unlike battery-powered mobile devices. This setup is common in areas without fibre infrastructure, mainly rural regions.

How Does Fixed Wireless Internet Work?

Fixed wireless Internet is broadcast from towers to receivers on the user’s property. For best performance, the receiver should be within about 10kms of the provider’s tower, however, new technology (including some of the work we’re doing at Vecta Labs) is working to extend this reach. 

We’re going to get a little technical here (if the article isn’t already technical enough) – A fixed wireless connection involves data transmitted via radio signals from a network of towers linked by microwave, with a central hub connected to an exchange via fibre. The signal is then received by an external antenna and fed to a connection box inside the building. At this stage of the Fixed Wireless rollout, both the antenna and connection box need to be installed by an approved installer.

High-end systems use broadband modems that bypass phone lines, offering access to very fast internet speeds – for rural and regional communities, these speeds might just be game changing.  


Fixed wireless Internet is a robust solution for high-speed Internet in areas where fibre isn’t feasible, offering a reliable connection for many rural Aussie businesses and homes.

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