For a long time in the early years of Fiber Deployment we kept hearing arguments that with mobile’s evolution path it was perhaps not necessary to deploy fiber to the home. One day, mobile would deliver the same speeds at a fraction of the cost. Finally, these stories died when it became clear that 4G would not deliver that.
But with 5G just around the bend (according to the most optimistic scenarios) the same stories are emerging again. And it is true that some technology evolutions like millimeter wave and meshing have improved the performance of fixed wireless propositions.
This report explores these technology evolutions in detail, examines the regulatory framework in which they may be deployed, the comparative performances and the costs to deploy. Most importantly, it answers the following questions:
- As a fixed operator, and based on current technology choices, does Fixed Wireless represent a threat or an opportunity ?
- As a mobile operator, do these Fixed Wireless technologies enable competition with fixed operators ?
- How can a new entrant in the market use Fixed Wireless to accelerate deployment and acquire sizeable market shares.
This report is vital reading for technology, strategy and regulatory people within telcos' organisations looking to understand how Fixed Wireless may disrupt the existing Fixed market.
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