Coming to a town near you – another weather storm

By    February 21, 2014

Severe weather in any area has an impact on travel.  A few weeks ago, we had snow storms running through the Midwestern US, and heavy rains in the UK.  Whether you are simply trying to drive to the office, catch the tube, or hop a plane, we all saw disruptions, and they are becoming more frequent.  This pattern rotates the globe….we have snow storms, thunder storms, typhoons, monsoons, and hurricanes.  We can’t control the weather.

In January 2014, 49,000 flights were canceled by U.S. carriers, and another 300,000 failed to take off on time, according to USA Today. The cancelled and delayed flights disrupted the travel plans for approximately 30 million fliers and cost them over $2.5 billion in lost work time and out-of-pocket costs for everything from meals to an extra night's hotel stay. 

The value of face to face meetings and building relationships can never be replaced, but with modern communications we can bridge the gap and mitigate some of these disruptions. With many web based or video online tools at our disposal to make communication more efficient and allow for collaboration – we just need a solid broadband connection whether at work or the home office.

However, to allow us to be more efficient, we need to make changes to our broadband connections, especially at home – we no longer use them for just for email and web surfing.  We now run everything over one data connection – VoIP, data and video steaming.  And we like to be connected all the time.

As consumers we have become demanding customers and want more than unspecified bit rate connections delivered by cable or DSL.  We now need QoS to help with VoIP and video streaming, symmetrical traffic to support cloud based services, and just more capacity period.  And when those things aren’t working, we aren’t too happy.

For service providers this is a serious challenge as a lot of the current infrastructure won’t scale to meet these needs.  Fixed wireless broadband equipment like the PMP 450 and ePMP™ give service providers the flexibility to adjust QoS, shift traffic symmetry, and increase capacity considerably.

Check out the following performance parameters for the PMP 450 and ePMP:


Downlink / Uplink Ratio


PMP 450

(1% variable between)

Highest Downlink

75 / 25

85 / 15


50 / 50

50 / 50

Highest Uplink

30 / 70

15 / 85


I can’t speak for you, but I have already hit the limit with the offering of my current service provider with the highest level service they offer, and it’s a challenge (it’s fiber to the curb too).  I can’t hold a go-to-meeting connection, access cloud based services or take any VoIP calls between 2 and 5 pm every work day.  I really wish I had another option. 

Next time I’ll go through the broadband challenges of the modern home which is further complicated by the home office.