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Wireless broadband access (WBA) services, also referred to in the industry as fixed wireless access, have many different use cases. These use cases span all types of operators – integrated operators, pay-TV operators, mobile operators, wireless broadband operators, and next-gen NBN (national broadband network) wholesale operators that are owned by governments. Networks have been deployed in metro-only areas, suburban and rural areas, and sometimes even on a nationwide basis. By 2020, given WBA’s high affordability ranking, we estimate that WBA services have the potential to reach almost 350 million homes on a worldwide basis. Further, we believe WBA has the most potential to increase fixed broadband market penetration in emerging markets, where fixed broadband penetration is the lowest and where many of these markets are mobile-first.

Wireless broadband access makes a resurgence

Key messages: 

  • Vendors rally behind WBA. WBA's profile is gaining traction as all leading vendors are now pushing fixed wireless as a last-mile broadband access solution.
  • Compelling return on investment. Vendors claim that a ROI can be achieved in around two years when the platform is deployed as a standalone solution
  • Next-gen broadband experience. All vendor solutions incorporate LTE, LTE-Advanced, and LTEAdvanced Pro technologies to push network capacity towards the 1Gbps threshold. That means WBA will be able to provide a comparable video experience to fixed broadband technologies.

 

Analyst white paper Wireless Broadband Access Market Update

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