For a long time in the early years of Fiber Deployment we kept hearing arguments that with mobile’s evolution path it was perhaps not necessary to deploy fiber to the home. One day, mobile would deliver the same speeds at a fraction of the cost. Finally, these stories died when it became clear that 4G would not deliver that.
But with 5G just around the bend (according to the most optimistic scenarios) the same stories are emerging again. And it is true that some technology evolutions like millimeter wave and meshing have improved the performance of fixed wireless propositions.
This report explores these technology evolutions in detail, examines the regulatory framework in which they may be deployed, the comparative performances and the costs to deploy.
Most importantly, it answers the following questions:
- As a fixed operator, and based on current technology choices, does Fixed Wireless represent a threat or an opportunity?
- As a mobile operator, do these Fixed Wireless technologies enable competition with fixed operators?
- How can a new entrant in the market use Fixed Wireless to accelerate deployment and acquire sizeable market shares.
- This report is vital reading for technology, strategy and regulatory people within telcos’ organisations looking to understand how Fixed Wireless may disrupt the existing Fixed market.
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- What is fixed wireless?
- Drivers of fixed wireless
II. Technology, spectrum and implementation
- Technology development
- Carrier aggregation
- Advanced multi-antenna techniques and beamforming
- Millimeter wave technologies
- Small cells
III. Fixed wireless spectrum use cases
- Fixed wireless deployments using existing spectrum
- Use of ultra-high band spectrum - ‘newer’ fixed wireless access plays
- mmWave trials are promising; more real-world testing needed
IV. Regulatory considerations for fixed wireless
- Spectrum for new mobile services
- Reducing deployment barriers
- Rural funding programs
V. Fixed wireless prospects and challenges
- Fixed wireless positioning against mobile broadband
- Fixed wireless positioning against fixed-line alternatives
- Fixed wireless deployment costs relative to alternatives
- Fixed wireless challenges and remedies
VI. How will service providers benefit from fixed wireless?
- The rationale for fixed wireless for fixed-mobile operators
- The rationale for fixed wireless for fixed-line service providers
- The rationale for fixed wireless for mobile-only operators
- The rationale for fixed wireless for municipalities
- The rationale for fixed wireless for new entrants