How we bring high speed broadband to you.
We use a mix of high-tech to bring Lightning Broadband’s economical and reliable high speed internet services to an area’s homes and businesses; including low-latency direct fibre and/or hybrid wireless + fibre broadband technology.
The following are two explanations of how our hybrid fixed wireless + fibre broadband system works. One is a basic summary and the other a more technical explanation for those who would like to know a bit more about the hardware behind the magic.
A more technical explanation of fixed wireless
The following explains how we achieve breakneck speeds and low-latency connections in Australian residential scenarios where fibre to the actual premises isn’t available, using fixed wireless technology.
We install a fibre link (single mode, single strand, multi-spectrum fibre) into an area already provisioned as being “on-net”. This acts as a peer-to-peer (P2P) link to our DC (DC-HSDPA = Dual-Carrier/Dual-Cell) and Transit providers.
For redundancy purposes, we acquire transit from the nation’s leading tier-1 providers such as Vocus, PIPE, Telstra and AAPT.
We then use 24 Ghz microwave backhaul links to beam this bandwidth to a central location within an area; such as the rooftop of the local shopping center. This backhaul link is symmetrical, low latency and capable of throughput greater than a gigabit.
The signal is captured by our receiver and terminates at a Cisco 2911 POP router, which handles routing and IP termination and assignment.
From there, the signal is transmitted through Cisco 3750’s/3560’s/2960’s access switches to the 802.11n and 802.11ac 5.8ghz radio equipment, then to an array of sector antennas atop a mast around 20 metres high for re-broadcasting.
The signal is received by a small microwave receiver mounted of the roof of the client’s premises. An outdoor rated ethernet cable is run from the mast through to an RJ45 wall plate for connection to a WLAN compatible router or directly to a PC.
Even in a situation where there’s no line of sight to a distribution tower, other users of our fixed wireless broadband service that do become relay points for those who don’t.