[Report] The Outlook for Fixed Wireless Access in a 5G World
With the pending launch of the first commercial 5G networks, the fixed wireless access (FWA) market has heated up significantly. The expectation is that the first 5G commercial networks will be fixed wireless networks using the mmWave spectrum bands.
In fact, fixed wireless access networks have been in use for some time in the U.S. Many Wireless ISPs (WISPs) provide Internet broadband access service to residential and business customers across the U.S. In addition, FWA solutions are used by enterprises, corporations and governments to provide primary and backup broadband connectivity, and by mobile operators to provide backhaul for mobile cell sites. These networks use a variety of spectrum bands and architectures. As a result, there are multiple markets for FWA networks and this has led to increased recent interest.