Firetide provides the highest performance fixed and mobile wireless IP network infrastructure products that enable concurrent video, voice and data applications for government, transportation, education and commercial customers . The company’s products are used to build private wireless mesh infrastructure and access networks for indoor and outdoor use that are highly reliable and secure. Founded in 2003, Firetide is based in Los Gatos, California, with operations throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions. Firetide has an installed base of thousands of customers in 40 countries around the world.
In the following interview, Pramod Akkarachittor, Director Product Management at Firetide, discusses 1:1 with Network Products Guide, Editor-in-Chief of Network Products Guide, why organizations should consider private wireless mesh infrastructure and access network solutions.
Network Products Guide: How does U.S. stack up to the rest of the world when it comes to adoption of wireless?
Pramod Akkarachittor: Adoption of wireless is driven by few factors – increased confidence in wireless technology, increase in applications that demand wireless connectivity and increased pressure to drive down network CAPEX and OPEX. In the U.S., wireless penetration stands about 10% amongst all the infrastructure projects. This, although, higher than Western Europe is still not as high as some countries in Asia such as South Korea. Having said that, we do see increasing adoption rates in the U.S as tier 2 and tier 3 cities are low on funds and realize that the TCO with wireless is much lower than with fiber. The adoption has also increased because of applications such as real-time mobile connectivity in the transportation industry – rail, highways and metros. These applications can be enabled only using a reliable wireless connectivity. In addition, the customer confidence in the viability of wireless as a reliable and secure solution is increasing. This is because there are several large city-wide wireless infrastructure reference projects and also because there is an increase in the number of wireless system integrators.