Fixed Wireless Access Snapshot June 2020:
Over half of all LTE operatorshave launched a FWA service
415 operators in 166 countries/territories have launched either LTE or 5G 3GPP-compliant FWA services
As of June 2020 GSA’s NTS database showed:
There are 426 operators investing in LTE broadband fixed wireless access (FWA) services, 405 of which have launched services. (An extra 113 operators have been identified as offering mobile broadband services using MiFi devices or dongles only).
In addition, 83 operators have been identified as investing in 5G FWA services, including 33 that have launched services and 6 that have launched limited availability services across 24 countries.
931 LTE FWA devices available from 88 vendors
84 announced 5G FWA devices from 53 vendors
As of June 2020 GSA’s GAMBoD database showed:
931 available LTE fixed wireless access (FWA) devices, including indoor and outdoor CPE and enterprise grade CPE/routers/gateways from 88 vendors.
After phones, the most prevalent category of 5G device is the FWA CPE form factor. The number of announced devices has grown reach 84 devices. Eighteen of these have been identified as commercially available.
This report is compiled from data stored in the GSA Analyser for Mobile Broadband Devices/Data (GAMBoD) database.
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As technology has improved, operators have been turning to mobile networks to deliver home and office broadband services. They are using LTE and LTE-Advanced networks to deliver services in locations that are poorly served (or not served at all) by fixed-line alternatives such as ADSL, VDSL, cable or fibre. Some are also offering mobile-based services as an alternative to fixed-line broadband technologies. The home/office broadband services on offer are no longer limited to mobile data subscriptions associated with mobile phones, dongles, or even MiFi devices. They now include use of mobile technology to provide the main broadband connection for a home or business in the form of a fixed wireless access service delivered to CPE, which in turn provides local connectivity to other devices (typically over WiFi). In a relatively short space of time, fixed wireless broadband access has become a mainstream service offer.
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