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This report analyses operator investment cases for 5G (or rather pre-standardised 5G) fixed–wireless network roll-out. It describes the early work being carried out by vendors and operators on mmWave 5G fixed–wireless and highlights the drivers and inhibitors of the technology. It offers investment models for two types of operators: a fixed incumbent without last-furlong fibre access, and a mobile operator with limited fixed network infrastructure.
The report provides recommendations for operators considering pursuing this approach. It is based on two sources:
§Analysys Mason’s internal research
§interviews with industry stakeholders.
Some mobile operators (particularly in the USA) are developing pre-standards 5G fixed–wireless services as a more efficient way to enter the home gigabit access and multi-play markets than FTTP. The commercial case will depend on two key factors: the cost of getting high-frequency signals into homes, and the degree of overlap between the optimal locations for the delivery of home broadband and for enhanced mobile services.
This report provides:
- an explanation of the operation of 5G fixed–wireless access (FWA)
- an assessment of the technical benefits of 5G FWA compared to 4G, and of the technical challenges that 5G fixed–wireless still faces in different spectrum bands
- an assessment of the cost of deploying such a system for different types of operators, and how the costs compare to wired systems, including FTTP/GPON and G.fast
- an assessment of the types of operators that could benefit from 5G FWA and to which geographical and economic environments it is most suited
- a discussion of the degree of dependence of the commercial case for 5G FWA on future mobile services
- a discussion of the critical factors determining whether operators will invest in the technology
- case studies of current work by operators.
Key Questions answered in this report
§How does 5G fixed–wireless access (FWA) work, and what will be required to make it work as a substitute for next-generation wired broadband?
§What type of operators stand to benefit from 5G FWA and to what sort of geographical and economic environments is it most suited?
§How dependent is 5G FWA on future mobile services to achieve ROI?
§What is the incremental cost for different types of operator?
§How does 5G FWA compare to GPON and G.fast?
§What are the critical factors determining whether operators will invest in
Global,but with an emphasis on economically-developed markets, particularly those with high infrastructure barriers.