Installing fiber can be costly and time consuming, NLOS wireless solutions may not be reliable for critical IT and security applications, and fixed wireless requires difficult to obtain and maintain line of site. Educational institutions today want and need high speed broadband, which has become a critical part of the curriculum.
School campus sites were often selected for the convenience of the location and the availability of real estate rather than for proximity to fiber and availability of high speed broadband. But now that the Internet has become such an essential part of both business and education, those educational institutions for which location has effectively constrained availability of broadband access to the use of expensive and less scalable NxT1/E1-based Ethernet services now want high speed, scalable, and reliable high performance Carrier Ethernet connectivity.
Governments around the globe are placing increased focus and investment on education in order to improve educational standards and drive a stronger economy, that requires getting more bandwidth to more places, and budget constraints mandate that this bandwidth be cost effective.