As the COVID-19 outbreak continues in several countries across the globe, working from home and distance learning from home has become the new normal. Having stable and reliable internet connectivity beyond smartphones has become a top priority. As a result, a lot of pent-up demand for broadband is coming from both developed and emerging markets. With fiber and other fixed wired broadband connectivity being elusive for many consumers, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is turning out to be a viable alternative.
FWA technology has been around for quite some time now if you remember LTE and WiMAX. However, these technologies have complexities involved with laying the cables and fiber to offer last-mile connectivity. These technologies also failed to offer stable internet speeds as wired line broadband. But that changes with 5G.
Fixed wireless access (FWA) is emerging as one of the leading use cases for 5G New Radio (NR) architecture, something that we recently highlighted in our report. We at Counterpoint expect that the global consumer 5G FWA will reach more than 50 million connections in 2025 and increase to more than 450 million in 2030.
In the latest episode of ‘The Counterpoint Podcast’, host Maurice Klaehne and senior analyst Tina Lu are joined by Shiv Putcha, founder and principal analyst at Mandala Insights to talk about FWA. The topic of the discussion covers primary drivers for FWA momentum, current deployment status and challenges. We also offer an insight onto the outlook of Fixed Wireless Access for the next 10 years.
Detailed analysis on FWA momentum, adoption, opportunities, ecosystem growth, and the outlook is available for licensing here.