Waters: Microwave Gains Ground on Fiber

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The advantage of using microwaves is all in the numbers. On a long-haul corridor such as that between Chicago and New Jersey, wireless is about 40 percent faster than fiber. Indeed, in recent months, microwave providers have made a slew of announcements claiming to slash latency on network routes in the US and Europe.

And yet, with lower latency comes lower reliability. Chicago-New Jersey networks need anywhere from 18 to more than 30 relay towers. Each hop adds latency, so companies attempt to

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