Posts about Fixed Broadband

Fixed wireless access (FWA) is experiencing a resurgence, as a growing number of operators in all regions of the world are leveraging their investments in mobile infrastructure (particularly 4G LTE and forthcoming 5G) to provide fixed broadband services. Why the resurgence? If one can recall, there have been two major industry attempts at this space. The first was wireless local loop (think LMDS from the late 1990s), but equipment was expensive and proprietary. The other major attempt was WiMAX, which never gained the promised market momentum or capabilities and was quickly overshadowed by a rapidly advancing mobile market with the introduction of LTE. But enough about the past …

 
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Most of us enjoy our broadband connectivity through traditional methods of fixed (DSL, cable, fiber) or wireless (3G/4G, satellite, FWA). However, there remains a significant portion of the world’s population where those methods of connectivity are either impractical or simply too expensive to pursue ...
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Gather any group of telecom professionals and government ministers in a room and raise the topic of broadband access and the resulting debate will more often than not require the help of trained negotiators to diffuse. This is exactly what happened recently as the UN highlighted the condition of broadband access on a global scale.

The figures the UN released make for sober reading. In the world’s poorest countries, less than 1% of the population have access to fixed broadband and the costs for this access reach as high as 100% of monthly average incomes. This contrasts with developed countries where over 30% have access at a cost of 1%.
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