When a crisis hits, mobile response units help bring medical care and other services to the most vulnerable people in affected areas. To provide adequate care, these units need strong internet connections that can support the critical online applications that help manage patients and save lives. Fixed wireless internet (i.e. 5G or 4G LTE Wi-Fi) is mobile, fast, and reliable – which makes it an ideal internet connection for many emergency response units.

5G and 4G LTE networks deliver an internet experience that’s fast enough to be a primary connection. In competitive areas, 5G delivers mean download speeds of up to 250 Mbps and 4G LTE has mean download speeds of more than 30 Mbps. In rural areas, 600 MHz 5G reaches mean download speeds of up to 34 Mbps and 4G LTE speeds often top 20 Mbps.

Mobile data upload speeds are also impressive. 5G delivers average upload speeds of around 14 Mbps and 4G LTE has average upload speeds of around 16 Mbps. With mobile data, emergency responders shouldn’t have any problems running the online applications that keep them connected to other responders, as well as vulnerable individuals.

While satellite internet is another option for mobile response units, it delivers a slower internet experience due to a higher latency (or “ping”). While 5G and 4G LTE have an average latency of about 35 milliseconds, satellite internet has an average latency of more than 600 milliseconds. A connection with a lower latency exchanges data with an online host more quickly, which makes the internet experience faster even if the download and upload speeds are the same.

If there’s wired internet available in a mobile response unit, it’s usually more affordable to go with cable internet (rather than mobile internet) as a primary connection. Unfortunately, though, no cable connection is reliable 100% of the time. Infrastructure maintenance, traffic accidents, extreme weather, vandalism, and other unexpected events can take down a cable connection.

A wireless failover option keeps response units online if their primary wired internet connections go down. This backup internet option gives emergency responders full access to the online applications they need to manage employees, track patients, and save lives. With a failover option in place, emergency responders will never lose access to critical applications like employee management systems, online billing systems, or patient management systems.

Fixed wireless internet is easier than wired or satellite internet to install in a mobile response unit. The connection comes pre-installed on a wireless router, which you can plug into any power source and connect to the internet immediately. It’s easy to move the router from unit to unit and, wherever there’s a 5G or 4G LTE signal, the router will provide a Wi-Fi connection.

Equip your mobile response units with a fast and reliable wireless internet connection. Start a chat or give us a call at 866-439-6630 to discover fixed 5G and 4G LTE options in your area.