Wide Area Network

We can help you Focus on your core (WAN) wide area network with a managed WAN

Airacom offers Managed WAN services that align with your organisation’s strategic goals. Our WAN solution provides pre-provisioned, highly scalable, and high-capacity networks to support your business’s essential data and voice services. With our Managed WAN, you can have peace of mind knowing your critical business applications are always connected and accessible.

Managed WAN (Wide Area Network) is a networking solution which Airacom manages and operates a business’s WAN on your behalf. This allows your business to outsource the complex and time-consuming task of managing your WAN infrastructure to a third-party provider, where we can provide expertise, resources, and specialised tools to ensure high performance, security, and availability of your network.

Wide area network planning

Eight things to consider when setting up a WAN network

Bandwidth: Determine the required bandwidth for your WAN network to ensure that it can support the data traffic that will be sent between locations.

Network Topology: Decide on the WAN network topology, such as point-to-point, hub-and-spoke, or mesh topology, depending on the business requirements and the number of locations that need to be connected.

Redundancy: Plan for network redundancy to ensure that if one connection fails, there is an alternative connection that can be used.

Security: Implement security measures, such as firewalls, VPNs, and intrusion detection systems, to protect your WAN network from cyber threats.

Quality of Service (QoS): Configure QoS policies to prioritise network traffic and ensure that important applications, such as VoIP or video conferencing, receive sufficient bandwidth and low latency.

SLAs: Negotiate service level agreements (SLAs) with your WAN service provider to ensure that the network meets your business needs.

Monitoring: Implement network monitoring tools to ensure that the WAN network is performing optimally and to detect any issues.

Scalability: Design the WAN network with scalability in mind to accommodate future growth and expansion.

Managed WAN Services

Customised managed WAN services for every budget

Our managed WAN services typically range from network design, installation, configuration, monitoring, maintenance, and troubleshooting. We also take the lead and assume responsibility for managing your network hardware, software, and connectivity, and provide customer support and service-level agreements (SLAs) to guarantee network performance and availability.

Managed WAN solutions can be customised to meet the specific needs of a business, such as bandwidth, security, and network redundancy requirements. They can also be integrated with other network solutions, such as SD-WAN, to provide additional flexibility and scalability.

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Essential WAN upgrade to support your digital transformation strategy

It is already proven that technology in business radically improves an organisation’s performance and competitive advantage. Today many businesses are looking to invest in different products or services to digitally transform their operations, taking advantage of new and emerging technologies like AI, and IoT, which can help overcome current and future challenges.

Rising competition globally, combined with global events which have given rise to remote and hybrid working, and the ever-need for more and more distributed data within an organisation, means companies must digitally transform to keep pace with the technology, software, and applications required to run the organisation and compete within a highly competitive global landscape.

The critical question your IT team needs to ask is, can your network guarantee secure access to all these new and emerging technologies without falling off the digital cliff and failing? Or could it be time to do something about your ageing or legacy network and upgrade your WAN to next-generation WAN?

Where are your applications hosted?

How do you connect a global workforce?

How do you manage your local IT & Infrastructure?

How do you collect and combine all of your global data?

How do you manage your data to make data-driven decisions?

Not every business wants to develop its own business applications or software. But, every business has a desire and a need to increase productivity to further increase profits for those companies where employees work in the office, from home, remotely, or on the road. By upgrading your network, your business will see tangible productivity benefits as your teams will be able to work faster, serve your customer better and protect your business using a more secure network.

What are the building blocks of wide area network technology (WAN) services?
Packet switching

Packet switching is the transfer of small pieces of data across various networks. These data chunks or “packets” allow faster, more efficient data transfer.

TCP/IP protocol suite

TCP/IP is a protocol suite of foundational communication protocols used to interconnect network devices on today’s Internet and other computer/device networks. TCP/IP stands for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol.


A router is a networking device typically used to interconnect LANs to form a wide area network (WAN) and, as such, is referred to as a WAN device.

Overlay network

An overlay network is a data communications technique in which software creates virtual networks on top of another network, typically a hardware and cabling infrastructure. This is often done to support applications or security capabilities unavailable on the underlying network.

Packet over SONET/SDH (PoS)

Packet over SONET is a communication protocol used primarily for WAN transport. It defines how point-to-point links communicate using optical fibre and SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) or SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) communication protocols.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)

Tried and tested for over two decades, MPLS is a network technology that routes traffic based on predefined labels. It directs data from one node to the next using short path labels rather than long network addresses to avoid time-consuming table lookups.

Frame Relay

Transmits data between LANs or endpoints of a WAN. Frame relay specifies digital telecommunications channels’ physical and data link layers using a packet-switching methodology.

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Get ahead of the curve & consider WAN modernisation for your business

What is a Wide Area Network (WAN)?

A wide area network (WAN) is a collection of local area networks (LANs) or any other networks that communicate. A WAN is essentially a network of networks, with the Internet being the world’s largest WAN.

What is a WAN router?

A WAN router, an edge router or border router, is a device that routes data packets between WAN locations, giving companies access to a carrier network. Several WAN protocols have been developed, including Packet over Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), ATM, Frame Relay and SONET/SDH (PoS).

What is software-defined WAN (SD-WAN)?

Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is an approach for making WAN architectures easier to deploy, operate, and manage. It relies on virtualisation, application-level policies, overlay networks, and onsite SD-WAN devices and software platforms. SD-WAN increases data transfer efficiencies across a WAN by moving traffic to lower-cost network links to do the work of more expensive leased or MPLS lines.

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What is WAN optimisation?

Latency and bandwidth constraints often cause performance issues in enterprise WANs. WAN optimisation uses various techniques, including traffic shaping, local caching, deduplication, compression, and protocol optimisation. These techniques improve packet delivery and traffic control, allowing network bandwidth to grow or shrink dynamically as needed. SD-WAN technology and WAN optimisation can be used separately or together. Some SD-WAN vendors are adding WAN optimisation functionality to their products.

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Greatly improve frontend user experience to increase staff productivity.

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