Exponential growth of 4G LTE coverage and capacity is driving wireless service growth for fixed broadband access, while fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), xDSL and cable technologies reach nearly 50% of global households.
ABI Research forecasts worldwide fixed wireless broadband subscribers will grow at a 30% CAGR to top 151 million in 2022. As 5G standardisation approaches completion, the technology will significantly accelerate global fixed wireless deployments.
“The arrival of 5G technology will completely transform fixed wireless broadband network deployments,” said Khin Sandi Lynn, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. “Trials show that the technology’s superior performance over LTE will allow operators to deploy 5G for fixed wireless broadband service in densely populated areas.”
Currently, fixed LTE broadband access is mainly deployed in remote areas where fixed line infrastructure is poor and it is not commercially feasible to deploy fixed networks. While government initiatives, high data transfer rates, and a large capacity are all attractive features for fixed LTE deployments now, fixed wireless broadband deployments will be further accelerated by their 5G successor in the years ahead.
“Superior capacity offered by 5G technology will benefit operators to deploy fixed wireless access in densely populated areas,” concluded Lynn. “This will enable fibre-like broadband service to support bandwidth-hungry applications without the need to install fibre-optic cables to each premise.”