Hungarian operator Yettel has released IrodaNet Pro, a 5G-based service for small and medium-sized enterprises in the country that is similar to the traditional, wired internet. The IrodaNet Pro service provides unlimited data traffic with the help of a Wi-Fi router connected to a 5G mobile network, with download speeds of up to 1 Gbps, the same as for fixed networks. The package is primarily aimed at businesses that may need a fast network connection to more than one device at a time and would like to avoid the often more complicated wiring steps and products associated with wired internet.
As part of a promotion, Yettel is offering SMEs three services: IrodaNet Pro based on 5G technology, IrodaNet 300/1000 based on a wired optical network, and a mobile Wi-Fi router with 500 GB plus 500 GB, with six months’ free service under a 24-month commitment.
Wi-Fi routers have, of course, long been used as substitutes for regular ethernet-based internet connectivity. Generally this has been done in situations where cable access is not available or where cost savings took precedence over signal quality. However, with 5G coming into its own, it appears that Wi-Fi may now be able to provide signals similar in quality to wired internet.
Yettel’s offering is aimed at small and medium enterprises that for various reasons prize mobility and flexibility and may be in a hurry to establish service in new locations. They also likely do not want to spend a great deal of money, due to their relatively small size.
Therefore, a mobile-based office internet solution makes sense, and if it comes from a 5G network rather than 4G/LTE, the download (and perhaps even upload) speeds may be fast enough to justify this approach. Yettel claims that its IrodaNet Pro achieves the same download speed as its fixed network, that is, 1 Gbps.
If these claims are backed by the reality on the ground, they could indicate that mobile-based Wi-Fi routers have truly come into their own. They could also indicate that the operator is essentially undercutting its own fixed offerings by providing a more flexible mobile solution that is just as good. As always, time will tell.