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A comparison of WiDOX from Advintive vs other services

WiDOX vs. Fiber-optic internet

Fiber-optic Internet connectivity is available in many urban and suburban areas where there is a high to medium density of potential subscribers.  However, the high capital cost of providing optical fiber service to low density areas (rural and remote) makes the service uneconomic and thus unattainable unless capital costs are underwritten by one-time government grants or other subsidies.  But even under these circumstances, it is likely too costly to bring new fiber service to new homes that may wish to join the network at a later time, particularly if they are over a km away.

WiDOX does not have that problem.  We can connect the customer with high-speed internet service at minimal cost, anywhere in the coverage area.

WiDOX vs. Cable internet

Cable internet has the same disadvantages for rural and remote underserved communities, as Fiber-optic does – i.e. the high cost to install coaxial cables and trunk amplifiers over long distances to reach few homes, which makes the service uneconomical.

WiDOX has the potential and quality of service as Cable internet, as it shares the same reliable DOCSIS technology developed by CableLabs. WiDOX, just like Cable Internet can be bundled with phone and TV services.   Instead of using expensive hybrid fiber/co-axial network, WiDOX transmits the signal to the subscriber over-the-air.

WiDOX vs. Mobile System internet

The robust mobile infrastructure is required to provide a fixed internet service that may be available in some cities, but not in low-density communities.  Even then, as fixed internet service increases, the mobile service capacity decreases and the mobile service would quickly get bogged down.  Thus, mobile providers do not offer unlimited broadband services through their mobile network.

WiDOX offers only fixed service, usually with unlimited capacity.  On average, one WiDOX Tower covers an area 25x greater than one mobile Tower would cover.

WiDOX vs. DSL internet

DSL is only available for those subscribers that already have landline phone service, and are within about 1.5 km of a Telco PoP … which is not the case for most of the rural remote areas.

WiDOX is lower cost, and also faster to install than DSL internet, plus it provides much higher speeds. WiDOX services are provided over a huge area.

WiDOX vs. Geostationary Satellite internet

Satellite internet service requires the installation of a special parabolic dish antenna, transmitting and receiving equipment to connect to the geostationary satellite.  The equipment is costly and the service is slow with long latency times.

WiDOX connection provides lower costs, lower latencies, better speeds and higher data capacity than Satellite internet.

WiDOX vs. Low Earth Orbit Satellite internet

Cost of the customer premise equipment to connect to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites is high; installation requires to hire a professional with additional fees. Equipment uses proprietary connections, so cannot be used with different providers. Equipment consumes high volume of power, over 100 Watts power. LEO satellites have to be installed in huge numbers behind the atmosphere, but closer to ground than geostationary satellites. Huge numbers of satellites bring huge costs in installing and maintaining the satellites, huge luminous pollution in the sky, huge aluminium pollution in the atmosphere (because they have to be burned and replaced every few years). If satellites collide in orbit, they produce clouds of debris that can destroy other satellites, potentially starting a chain reaction known as the Kessler syndrome.

WiDOX is able to cover large areas (around 3,000 square km) with one tower without increased pollution. Power consumption is low.

WiDOX vs. Outdoor WiFi internet

Outdoor WiFi Internet is a licence-exempt service that any user can install. It operates in the 6 GHz unlicensed spectrum, which requires line-of-site (does not penetrate trees, etc.) and has limited coverage (a few km).  The system uses TDD multiplexing, which means it shares the same channels when transmitting alternately with receiving data, which not only reduces the data throughput, but also increases the latency.

WiDOX uses licensed spectrum. WiDOX does not require a direct line of sight, so if there are hills, trees, buildings or other obstacles nearby, they won’t disturb the connection. WiDOX uses Full Duplex technology (FDD), upstream and downstream operate in different frequencies, and therefore, ensures continuous simultaneous transmission with high data rate and low latencies. Customer equipment (cable modem) is commercial grade.

WiDOX vs. TV White Space (TVWS) internet

TVWS transmitter/receiver is based on WiFi, so it inherits the disadvantages of WiFi (e.g. use of unlicensed spectrum, TDD shared use of channel, potential for interference, …). TVWS coverage has a maximum radius of 14.7 km but the distance from the TVWS base station affects the data rate, which drops considerably with distance. Each TVWS equipment is different and not common to other systems, they are from different vendors and do not comply to any standards. There is no overall organization spending millions of R&D dollars to upgrade the system.

WiDOX operates with an RRBS licence for exclusive use of UHF channels which are interference-free on which to build a solid business.  The power allotted to RRBS is 50X larger than TVWS, so the coverage is much greater.  WiDOX uses Frequency Division Multiplexing with increased bandwidth capability and higher modulation capability to provide substantially higher data throughput.

WiDOX equipment systems are in a position to respond to any opportunity for subordinate  licensing of spectrum under 6 GHz. In particular, WiDOX could respond to subordination of spectrum in the upper 600, 700, 900 MHz bands without any major equipment change. Theoretical coverage from WiDOX antenna is 32.3 km, but even larger in reality. The modulation capability of WiDOX can extend data rates into the Gigabits/sec along with upstream and downstream transmission at the same time. Downstream data rate is not affected by distance from the tower.

WiDOX systems are based on DOCSIS Technology and the continuing R&D of the Cable TV Industry. Millions of dollars are spent each year by the Cable industry to upgrade and improve their designs which are made available to all users without licenses fees. Cable modems provide commercial grade services, with a built-in WiFi and a router with 4 x 1 Gbps ports, telephone connection with high level of voice quality at a low bit rate g729 codec, pre-set speeds with quality of services prioritization, and remote provisioning and maintenance.

No other service provides such a rich range of features.

A WiDOX Base Station from Advintive also includes a high-speed Server with a great number of services that the subscriber can access at no cost, such as priority site caching and the ability to host Web sites.  The Base Station also includes back-up power so that the Station can remain in operation for a period of time during power outage, or remain in operation for the local area even though the main Internet connection may be cut off.

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