Fixed access network
Future fixed access networks will have to distribute a range of narrowband, broadband and interactive services. This new style of infrastructure drives the elimination of service-specific networks, and could mean that wireline, wireless and business services all share common infrastructure.
Looking even further ahead, fixed access architecture will be based on network cloudification, virtualization and programmability. This could support hybrid and transitional deployment scenarios, which have a mix of physical and virtual services.
Components and characteristics
The viable option
The fixed wireless access concept is significantly strengthened by key technology enablers such as beamforming and new frequency bands, in combination with advances in mobile back and front hauling, network virtualization and network programmability. While keeping in mind that the exact characteristics of any fixed wireless access deployment are case specific, the 5G-based fixed wireless access is a viable option to fulfill the advanced future service requirements of the homes and SMEs of tomorrow.