T-Mobile to Have 67% Share of US 5G FWA Connections in 2022, Nokia Leads the USA 5G FWA-CPE Market

  • 4G, 5G and non-cellular FWA subscriptions will reach around 26 million by 2025, with a 34.6% CAGR during 2021-2025.
  • US cellular FWA-CPE cumulative revenues will reach $7.6 billion by 2025.

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In 2020, 22% of US households did not have access to fixed broadband. This number will be reduced to almost 1% by the end of 2027, according to Counterpoint Research’s latest USA 5G FWA and CPE Ecosystem Analysis and Forecast Report. In the same period, more than half of the US households that utilize VDSL/cable technology for fixed broadband will migrate to either FWA or fiber. In 2025, the US will have almost 26 million 4G, 5G and non-cellular FWA subscriptions, less than half of that of fiber.

Commenting on the operator dynamics, Principal Analyst Tina Lu said, “T-Mobile will lead the 5G FWA market by the end of 2022, with an estimated 67% share. It will be followed by Verizon with a 29% share. With T-Mobile’s layer cake approach to 5G, the company expects to reach 99% of the population by the end of 2023. Other carriers such as Verizon have been faster with their push for mmWave, but they recently changed their strategy to focus on the deployment of networks for the C-band spectrum. FWA will remain a big priority, especially expansion into rural areas where there is often one or even no provider of high-speed broadband.”

Lu added, “However, in the long run, WISPA is the main supporter of this FWA technology. Although some of these smaller players might utilize alternative FWA technology with unlicensed or lightly licensed spectrum, 4G/LTE technology will dominate FWA subscriptions till 2024. By 2025, most of the FWA subscriptions will be 5G.”

 

Key US FWA-CPE Facts

Source: Counterpoint Research US 5G FWA-CPE Ecosystem Analysis Report, June 2022

 

Commenting on the demand and supply across the ecosystem, Senior Research Analyst Parv Sharma said, “5G FWA CPE will offer a cumulative revenue opportunity of $7.6 billion between 2021 and 2025. Operators will have control of the bundling and distribution of devices. The initial mix of mmWave and sub-6GHz CPEs will keep the ASPs high, but with scale and a maturing 5G landscape, we estimate that ASP erosion will increase significantly. Furthermore, US operators are focusing more on the rollout of the 5G mid-band spectrum to increase the coverage.”

Discussing the FWA CPEs’ brand growth, Sharma added, “Nokia was the first 5G FWA CPE launched in the market and remains the absolute leader of the FWA-CPE market in 2021. However, operators are looking for new OEMs to expand their CPE device portfolio in the <$300 price band. Due to geopolitical considerations, US operators are preferring Taiwanese ODMs.”

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Background

Counterpoint Technology Market Research is a global research firm specializing in products in the TMT (technology, media and telecom) industry. It serves major technology and financial firms with a mix of monthly reports, customized projects and detailed analyses of the mobile and technology markets. Its key analysts are seasoned experts in the high-tech industry.

Analyst Contacts:

Tina Lu
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Parv Sharma

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Neil Shah

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