Fixed wireless access unlocks a world of opportunity
Up to 50% of the world’s population are still waiting for reliable broadband access. With fixed wireless access (FWA) there’s no need to keep them on hold. By delivering broadband over existing mobile networks, network operators can bridge the digital divide and win millions of new customers.
The FWA network evolution approach
A well-performing mobile broadband network is the foundation for offering an FWA service. To do this profitably, the best way to evolve the network needs to be explored. A three-step approach should be considered by operators:
- Utilize - This includes utilizing assets such as existing radio sites, spare load in deployed spectrum and associated deployed radio, baseband and transport equipment.
- Add - This includes adding spectrum, as well as radio network capabilities such as higher-order modulation, Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) and beamforming, increased higher-order sectorization and 5G NR access.
- Densify -This includes densifying the radio network grid with macro and small cells.
FWA makes even more business sense with the evolution to 5G
The business case for using FWA as an add-on to mobile broadband only becomes stronger as LTE advances to 5G. With the ability to use larger chunks of radio spectrum to provide improved latency and capacity, the evolution to 5G will take fixed wireless access to a whole new level.