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Fixed Wireless Access Landscape




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Report Summary:

While Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) is the preferred way to deliver consumer broadband services, its high capital cost makes it infeasible in some geographies. Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is a sound second choice. This report describes use cases for FWA, examines the global FWA market, and provides guidance on key questions about FWA.


Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary. 4

2. Acronyms. 5

3. Background. 6

3.1 Why fixed wireless?. 6

3.2 Segments. 7

3.3 Spectrum... 7

3.3.1 Frequency.. 8

3.3.2 Regulatory Status. 9

3.3.3 Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). 10

3.4 Enabling Radio Technology Advances. 10

3.5 System Technologies and Standards. 11

3.5.1 3GPP 4G LTE and 5G.. 11

3.5.2 Proprietary (IEEE 802.11-based). 14

3.5.3 Terragraph.. 14

3.5.4 WiMAX.. 16

3.5.5 Tarana WIreless. 16

3.6 Key Elements of FWA Infrastructure. 17

3.6.1 Vertical Assets. 17

3.6.2 Backhaul, Fronthaul, Mid-haul 18

3.6.3 Access Point (AP). 20

3.6.4 Customer Premises Equipment (CPE). 21

3.6.5 Home Network.. 23

4. Use Cases. 24

4.1 Urban. 24

4.2 Rural 25

4.3 MNO Competition with Fixed Incumbents. 26

4.4 Interim short-term deployments. 28

4.5 DSL Replacement. 28

5. Global Market Overview.. 29

5.1 North America. 31

5.2 Middle East and Africa. 32

5.3 Asia Pacific. 34

5.4 Europe. 35

5.5 CALA. 38

6. Conclusions. 39

6.1 FWA has a customer satisfaction problem... 40

6.2 Can FWA provide “legitimate” broadband?. 41

6.3 What Role Should FWA Play in National Broadband Plans?. 45

6.4 3GPP Ecosystem vs Proprietary/802.11. 47

6.5 Action Items. 49

6.5.1 Larger FWA Operators. 49

6.5.2 Independent WISPs. 50

6.5.3 Vendors. 50

7. Analyst Contacts. 52

7.1 Other Contacts: 52

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