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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.

Fixed wireless access has great potential to provide broadband for homes and businesses.

The FWA Handbook

Our recipe for a successful and profitable FWA deployment. Download an extract here. For the full version, please contact your Ericsson contact person.

Interactive FWA Handbook

What is FWA?

FWA uses mobile networks to deliver broadband internet to homes and businesses.

Why is FWA a big deal?

FWA is a more cost-effective and efficient alternative to providing broadband in areas with limited access to fixed broadband services such as DSL, cable or fiber.

Why does FWA make sense now?

Advances in radio technology, gains in spectrum and demand for broadband everywhere make now the perfect time to strengthen your FWA offering.

High performance

With guaranteed bit rates, FWA is a cost-effective way to deliver reliable broadband.

Additional spectrum

More spectrum is becoming available, boosting data traffic capacity and download speeds.

Cost-effective

FWA supports precision rollout with upgrades to existing mobile infrastructure.

Growth opportunity

It presents a new revenue opportunity for mobile operators.

Government subsidies

Cost-effective solutions like FWA are key to realizing national broadband targets.

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.

5G Fixed Wireless Access

With the evolution to 5G, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) offers a path to deployments on a massive scale and better services for customers.

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