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MAY JUNE 2016 3 See TESSCO's entire product offering and your pricing on TESSCO.com or call TESSCO at 888.743.0655. Fiber optic networks are fast and reliable but are not always easy to build and maintain. Access to the right fiber materials, obstacles presented by installation environments, and the cost and planning that are required to deploy a fiber network have created a demand for other alternatives to extend the network. A hybrid network of fiber and wireless backhaul provides a versatile and cost effective solution to these issues. Deploying fiber in rural or heavily populated urban areas is extremely complicated. In isolated areas, lay- ing fiber lines requires preparing a physical path for the cabling, a time consuming and costly endeavor. The more daunting the obstacles are in a rural area, the greater the cost of installation, meaning lower return on investment. This creates dead zones where providers can't justify the efforts to install fiber. Similarly, in heavily populated urban environments, the fiber lines will require either poles for installation or excavation for subterranean installation where poles are not available. This is an added expense that also disrupts the city and impacts its infrastructure. A versatile wireless solution can overcome these issues. By installing fiber where it is easiest and most cost-effective, then utilizing wireless to extend it from the main network to the end user, operators can pro- vide service in areas beyond fiber's reach. Another perk of utilizing a wireless installation to extend fiber is its mobility. An operator can implement a wireless solution to extend the fiber network temporarily, then after completing the fiber installation they can utilize the same equipment in another location. In addition, a wireless extension to an existing fiber network, even one that is complete, has numerous benefits. In scenarios where a full, comprehensive fiber network is already installed, a redundant wire- less installation provides extra reliability and peace of mind. The added wireless network will provide service should the fiber lines signal be degraded or otherwise fail, plus the wireless network extension will provide the versatility to accommodate extra demand for peak bandwidth and can help expand the coverage area quickly should the need arise. Wireless alternatives are inexpensive relative to fiber, easier to maintain, and are mobile-you can move them from site to site as you need. They work best in providing last-mile" type coverage from the network to the end-user, especially as a short-term solution. Their maximum capacity isn't the same as fiber's, but the technology con- tinues to improve and evolve and can be optimized by site. There are a variety of solutions that are specifically designed for licensed and unlicensed point-to-point, millimeter wave (E- and V-band), and Point-to- Multipoint applications of anywhere from 1-25 miles depending on the application and the surrounding terrain and capacity needed. TESSCO has selected specific solutions to support short-term alternatives to fiber that can help you bridge the gap in lieu of the fiber installation. To learn more about TESSCO's fiber solutions, look for our Wireless Backhaul options in the Systems section of our website. Fiber networks provide high speed, state-of- the-art service, but they require a significant resource investment. By diversifying the technology in a network, opera- tors can most efficiently deliver service to end users without the high cost and intensive labor needed to deliver fiber directly to everyone. Whether as a tem- porary alternative within the existing fiber network or as a parallel network for added reliability, a wireless complement provides solutions to the challenges and potential issues that come with fiber. For more information, visit www.tessco.com. Wireless as a Short-Term Alternative to Fiber for Cost Savings & Efficiency Submitted by TESSCO Technologies A wireless extension to an existing fiber network, even one that is complete, has numerous benefits. "

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