Intelligent Fixed Wireless Access (IFWA)

Fixed Wireless is more

Operators are continuously looking for ways to increase revenue and find new revenue streams. With the evolution of cellular technology, such as 4G and the emerging 5G, operators now have another option to bring high speed broadband services to more end-users faster. As the willingness to pay for gigabit speeds is limited, it makes more sense to focus on the underserved than to upgrade end-users that already have a decent service.

Governments have recognized this as well and everywhere around the world they have established minimum broadband speed targets to ensure that no one is left behind. To reach ubiquitous broadband, Fixed Wireless is most suited to connect even the most remote end-users.

But that’s not all, with the new innovations being added to the standard to evolve to 5G, Fixed Wireless is becoming more and more viable for suburban and urban areas as well. Where operators don’t have a lead-in available and FTTH is too expensive, Fixed Wireless offers a cost-effective alternative for Fixed Broadband Services.

Fixed Wireless
in a 5G world

The introduction of 5G is promising to create a new change in how we live. 5G will allow for higher speeds over the network, lower latency and more devices to be connected. In an ever more connected world, with an endless number of IoT devices that will be connected to the network, this is a major milestone in the evolution of cellular technologies. The challenge will be that all applications will have very different requirements. Some applications will require high bandwidth, others won’t need as much, but will require very low latency.

One of the first emerging 5G applications is Fixed Wireless. With the new capabilities being added to the standard and the additional spectrum that will become available, 5G will allow for more bandwidth and service separation on the same physical network, enabling an even more efficient Fixed Wireless network.

Analyst Report

The Business Case for Fixed Wireless Access

Key Market Drivers and a Framework for Evaluation

Author Mark Lowenstein, Managing Director, Mobile Ecosystem

FWA is set to become a major competitor to fixed broadband as new spectrum, network equipment, CPE and the advent of 5G transforms this niche technology into an economically viable option for broadband service in new markets worldwide.

Read which considerations need to be made to ensure a viable alternative to Fixed Broadband by taking into account the full end-to-end solution.

Mark Lowenstein

Mark Lowenstein

Managing Director, Mobile Ecosystem

Mark Lowenstein is widely recognized as a preeminent industry executive and thought leader. Lowenstein most recently served as VP, Market Strategy and Segmentation at Verizon Wireless. During his fifteen-year consulting career, Lowenstein was Executive VP at the Yankee Group prior to founding Mobile Ecosystem.

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