Fixed Wireless Access – a great business opportunity!

4G and 5G fixed wireless access unlocks a world of opportunity

Are you aware that up to 50% of the world’s population is still waiting for reliable broadband access? This large number of underserved households represents a profitable fixed wireless access (FWA) growth opportunity for current 3GPP operators — and our recent studies show fixed wireless access investments typically have a payback time of less than two years. Are you ready to win millions of new customers and tap into a new stream of revenues?

3rd edition of the FWA handbook

The third edition of the FWA Handbook is now available, some of the findings are: 

  • Latest global FWA uptake, connection forecast and 5G FWA service provider offerings
  • New insights on technology and FWA deployments
  • New framework evaluating CPE’s trade-offs and key drivers for a full TCO assessment

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FWA subscriptions uptake

Fixed wireless access (FWA) connections are forecast to grow threefold and reach close to 160 million by the end of 2025, accounting for 25 percent of total mobile network data traffic globally.

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Experiences from smart fixed wireless access deployment

FWA service deployment in a 4G (LTE) network can pave the way for a successful 5G FWA market introduction. Turkcell (Turkey) describes the operator benefits of digitalizing its FWA service provisioning.

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Making fixed wireless access a reality

5G networks are now being built out, and performance and capacity gains are available to be tapped by new use cases – one of the first will be fixed wireless access.

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Fixed wireless access – an economic study

Interested in the business value of FWA? We explore the business case of FWA, showing how up to 80% of FWA investments have a payback time of less than two years, and much more. Watch the webinar

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Leveraging networks for FWA

In this edition of Ericsson’s Technology Review, we look at how to leverage on both existing and new networks, to maximize your FWA capabilities. 

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FWA deployments around the globe

Find some global deployment examples of our FWA solutions by clicking on our customers engagements below.

AT&T 5G Hotspot offering
launched December, 2018

  • Targeting 12 primary markets: Jacksonville, FL; Atlanta, GA; Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY;New Orleans, LA;
  • Charlotte and Raleigh, NC; Oklahoma City, OK; Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Waco TX
  • Offers 15 GB of data for USD 70/month
  • Requires a NETGEAR Nighthawk® 5G Mobile Hotspot (USD 499) as the first device connected
  • Initially limited to preselected customers and will be provided for free for at least 90 days



39 GHz

Roams across LTE and 5G

Verizon expanding 5G Home offering Chicago
launched October 24

  • Addresses two customer segments:
    • Existing wireless customers (USD 50/month)
    • New wireless customers (USD 70/month)
  • No monthly data limit
  • Typical speeds of 300 Mbps and, depending on location, maximum speeds up to 1Gbps with the first commercially available Wi-Fi 6 router
  • Setup 5G Home Internet yourself with and app for Android or iOS, or Verizon will do it for you
  • Uses indoor or outdoor CPE, depending on signal strength
  • Service is free for 3 months incl. YouTube TV and the choice of a free Amazon Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick 4K, or an Android-powered Stream TV 4K box


5G NR specification launched in new market

28 GHz with 400 MHz bandwidth (expanding to 800 MHz)

*5G TF specification (migrating to 5G NR 2020)

*Four primary markets: Sacramento, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Houston, TX; and Indianapolis, IN

Entel Chile offering
launched March 2018

  • Targeting suburban areas with limited Fixed Broadband penetration
  • Two customer offerings, USD 30/month
    • Plan Simple up to 10 Mbps unlimited data with indoor CPE, sign-up fee USD 30 with USD 3.50 CPE rental fee
    • Plan Pro up to 30 Mbps unlimited data with outdoor CPE, installation cost USD 45 with USD 4.50 CPE rental fee
  • Various double and triple play offerings e.g. adding telephony + USD 7
  • Television (Satellite TV 88 channels + 36 HD) + USD 26
* Entel promotion on home offering comes with 25% discount the first 6 months.


LTE TDD 3.5 GHz with 50 MHz bandwidth (3CC: 20+20+10)

Launched the first M-MIMO network in Latin America

Q1 2019 reaching some 600 sites

Telia Estonia FWA offering
launched in 2016

  • Home internet offering for areas not serviced with fiber services (typically suburban)
  • Two customer offerings:
    • DL/UL speeds of 5/1 Mbps unlimited data for EUR 16/month
    • DL/UL speeds of 20/5 Mbps unlimited data for EUR 21/month
  • Basic TV package for + EUR 6/month
  • Over 25 channels (linear and on-demand), movies
  • CPE with external antenna (optional)
  • Option to buy or rent CPE
  • Same set-top box (STB) as fiber offering
  • End-to-end quality of service using STB management tool



2.6 GHz with 40 MHz bandwidth

1.8 GHz with 20 MHz bandwidth

800 MHz with 10 MHz bandwidth

Carrier aggregation

* Telia Estonia promotion for home internet includes first month for free.

MTN South Africa FWA offering
launched September, 2019

  • FWA service is sold through MTN commercial channels and external ISPs. Initial launch started in September through SuperSonic (MTN Owned ISP), complement to fiber offering
  • FWA packages are offered at competitive prices, 25% to 35% less than the average prices of competitors
    • 120GB, Day 60GB and Night 60GB for USD 27
    • 200GB, Day 100GB and Night 100GB for USD 40
    • 300GB, Day 150GB and Night 150GB for USD 54
  • CPE sold as locked to a address/area for USD 4,60 per month for 24 months or buy one for USD 114
  • Availability checked through address lookup
  • FWA is enabled nation wide using Ericsson core and charging system with the relevant QoS parameters.


LTE only FWA network no fallback to 3G

Same LTE carriers as MBB: 1800MHz, and 2100MHz

Separate QoS Class Identifier (QCI) for FWA enabled CPEs (QCI 128), less priority compared to MBB users

NBN Australia NBN offering
launched in 2012

  • Wholesale bitstream Ethernet service targeting 600 000 homes in regional and remote Australia where the economics of fixed line technologies are less favorable
  • Three wholesale offerings, currently DL/UL speeds of 12/1 Mbps, 25/5 Mbps and 25-50/5-20 Mbps.
  • CPE with external antenna to meet minimum service quality requirements
  • NBN Co owns the CPE as it is the wholesale Network Termination Device
  • It presents a layer 2 bitstream ethernet service towards the retail service providers residential modem / gateway
  • Professional installation is used in 100% of cases



3.4 GHz with 60-95 MHz bandwidth

2.3 GHz with 60-95 MHz bandwidth

Carrier aggregation


Verizon expanding 5G Home offering Chicago launched October 24


AT&T 5G Hotspot offering launched December, 2018

Entel Chile

Entel Chile offering launched March 2018

Telia Estonia

Telia Estonia FWA offering launched in 2016


MTN South Africa FWA offering launched September, 2019


NBN Australia NBN offering launched in 2012

Connecting homes in Chile

Ericsson and Entel connecting homes in Chile

Invest in a FWA network that utilizes existing radio network and spectrum assets

To fully grasp the potential value of FWA, you need the tools to utilize your existing network assets in the most efficient way. That’s why we’ve developed our Ericsson Radio System to be modular – to fully support your FWA deployment, with minimum initial investments. Ericsson Radio System is ready to meet future requirements in speeds and capacity growth by simply adding 5G in new bands and in existing 4G bands, dynamically assigning resources between both following the traffic demands, something only possible with the unique Ericsson Spectrum Sharing capability.

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Discover Ericsson Spectrum Sharing

Share spectrum dynamically between 4G and 5G at the same time, using the same hardware. Ericsson Spectrum Sharing means nationwide 5G coverage for your FWA network from day one. 

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Switch on 5G with Ericsson Radio System. Secure a smooth, fast and agile introduction of 5G, to reduce cost per gigabyte for your mobile broadband business and enabling industry digitalization for growth.

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