Mar 28, 2023

Hybrid internet - What it is, and how Rango goes the extra mile

A hybrid work model has changed how businesses operate. The flexibility supports a blend of in-office, remote, and on-the-go workers; offering employees and entrepreneurs the autonomy to choose how, when and where to work. This ‘digital nomad’ philosophy, however, comes with its own challenges; a high-speed, reliable internet service being the prime one. Staying connected - if your home or your office is in the 'middle of nowhere' - is where a hybrid internet connection becomes your BFF.

Just because you don’t live in a bustling city hub, it should not affect your output and should not restrict the location of your business. Hybrid work is clearly the way forward for multiple industries and leveraging that is all down to a hybrid internet connection - one of the most significant advancements in internet technology. 

A hybrid internet connection 101 - A simple collaboration

Simply put, the answer is in the title. ‘Hybrid’ internet combines two or more types of internet connections. The two common players are fiber optic and wireless connectivity. Blending these two connectivity methods provides reliable, uninterrupted bandwidth, especially in underserved areas.  

In cities, fiber connectivity is becoming the norm. This is because the concentration of customers is high which makes fiber networks economically viable. Remote areas generally do not benefit from fiber ISPs (as users are often just too far apart), which makes a wireless connection the innovative missing link in a long chain of connectivity that makes up the global internet. 

This ‘last mile’ of wireless connectivity gives you uninterrupted high-speed internet connectivity where there formerly was none. (And this is where an ISP such as Rango is ‘breaking ground’). 

But that does not mean that your connection excludes fiber. Almost all ISP networks rely on fiber connectivity - whether it is in the ‘first mile’ (international connectivity), ‘middle mile’ (national connectivity) or ‘last mile’ (final connection to your home) if you live in a densely populated city. 

Breaking it down into its simple parts

  • A fiber optic connection is a physical connection over cables that transmits data using optical transmission (pulses of light along glass fiber cores) and enables fast data speeds over longer distances. This is the general means of connecting the internet internationally, nationally and in metropolitan rings (middle mile). 

Fiber is also used within cities from metropolitan ring networks as fiber to the home (FTTH). These networks are costly to set up but are able to carry vast amounts of data traffic. National and metropolitan networks are structured around nodes or hub sites, and from these hubs to homes in the city. The downside? They are limited to specific locations where customers are concentrated, making it difficult to reach rural or remote areas which are spread out over a larger area. 

  • Wireless networks are used where old copper cables are deteriorating and where ‘last mile’ fiber is not economically viable, or where no service is available at all. Fixed wireless access (FWA) technology is made up of sophisticated point-to-point or point-to-multipoint radios which provide ‘fiber-like’ service to the customers, even when they are far from the nearest hub.

    How do Rango get this right?  By adopting a hybrid internet infrastructure, we build strategically placed radio sites, connected by fiber, to extend the internet right to your location.

The combination of these two technologies is an efficient way to secure a reliable, robust and fast internet, enabling you to set up your business/home office ‘far from the madding crowd’. (Thomas Hardy would be impressed!).

Who gets to benefit? The Hybrid Internet sweet spot

The introduction of remote or hybrid working has seen a huge move of city dwellers to the countryside. This ‘diaspora’ has elevated the return to a simple lifestyle but  without compromising modern connectivity. A hybrid connection is a perfect WORK | LIFE balance solution offering individuals and businesses the flexibility and versatility they crave. 

A rural or underserved location now becomes a welcome and legitimate option to keep working or studying and still access online resources - without interruption and at speed - from home or a country town coffee shop. 

The reliability and fast internet speed supplied by a hybrid technology connection means businesses can operate from remote areas or have employees working productively from home in such areas. Internet speed is not interrupted and neither is the work output from employees. (A win-win scenario for all connected parties).

RANGO - going where other Internet Service Providers have not gone before

Rango has seen the gap in the market and is grouping its expertise to build towers that connect to a city’s fiber hubs and use microwave technology to bring a wireless connection to you - that last mile - where, until recently, a fast internet service was not available. 

Being stranded in the middle of nowhere is becoming a thing of the past with Rango’s HIFi internet infrastructure rolling out in underserved and rural areas in Washington, Nevada and California. 

If you have a dream to relocate to the countryside, start your business in a remote area (with spectacular views), or simply demand the best available internet in your area, now you can, thanks to Rango. 

Contact us for a no-obligation quote. We’d love to see how we go the extra mile and make things happen for you. 

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