The fixed wireless access market is set to exceed $6 billion by 2024, according to a report released by Mobile Experts that details the FWA market drivers. The report breaks down each market segment that will contribute to overall FWA growth of 11 percent CAGR from $3.3 billion in 2018 to over $6.2 billion in 2024.
“The combined 3GPP-based LTE and 5G fixed wireless segments are expected to grow quickly as major mobile operators increasingly look to share increased mobile broadband network capacity for both mobile and fixed broadband services,” said Principal Analyst Kyung Mun. “The 5G fixed segment in particular will explode as operators worldwide look to leverage 5G fixed broadband for new revenue.”
The 5G fixed segment will represent more than 50 percent of the total FWA equipment market and half the total FWA revenue by 2024.
“The growth in fixed wireless access is underpinned by strong demand drivers, including cord-cutting trends, additional spectrum bands coming online, and government subsidy programs worldwide. Plus, the economic ROI continues to improve,” said Mun. “Fundamentally, people in rural areas are not satisfied with broadcast TV anymore and want to stream their media. Urban residents are desperate for alternatives to cable. The pent-up demand is hard to ignore.”
The report delineates stand-alone FWA opportunities from other cases where mobile and fixed wireless share a network. The 85-page document outlines both rural and urban segments, as well as spectrum opportunities across licensed, shared, and unlicensed bands. The report covers technology advancements in 802.11ax and 5G, such as MU-MIMO and massive beamforming, which will enable higher throughput capacity and user speeds. Mobile Experts reports that the maturing ecosystems, including Wi-Fi 6, Terragraph, and 5G NR for fixed will broaden the respective 802.11-based and 5G fixed target markets.
Evertek, a WISP that serves rural Iowa, has selected the Telrad LTE solution to upgrade their wireless network. The LTE upgrade will providing existing subscribers with higher throughput packages, as well as improve coverage to reach more customers in rural areas.
Evertek is using the Telrad high-power BreezeCOMPACT 3000 base station in the 2.5 GHz BRS spectrum. Newly deployed sites are using the LTE solution while existing infrastructure is being upgraded. A majority of Evertek subscribers are residential, the company also serves many businesses and supports public safety, with connectivity to police cars, and precision farming, with equipment-monitoring and automation.