FWA market: CPE shipments more than doubled to 7.4 million

12 September 2023

The GSA 4G/5G Fixed Wireless Access Forum today released the findings of its annual Fixed Wireless Access CPE market survey, revealing that 5G FWA CPE shipments more than doubled in 2022 to 7.4 million and are forecast to increase again to 13.8 million during the current year. This represents more than 40% of all shipments by the vendors surveyed, compared to just 29% of shipments in 2022.

GSA has identified announced service offers for FWA using LTE or 5G from 535 operators in 186 countries and territories and launched services from 455 operators in 173 countries and territories worldwide. The findings of the 2023 CPE vendor survey confirm that this operator momentum behind FWA services is reflected in growing device shipments. As the industry scales, prices for 5G CPE devices are forecast to reach parity with those of 4G CPE by 2025, aligning with the growth in operators marketing residential or business 5G FWA broadband services as part of their 5G offering.

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National Telecom invests in FWA and private 5G

22 August 2023

National Telecom (NT) has gained approval from its board to invest THB800 million to build its network to tap into spectrum in the 26GHz band, to provide FWA services and connect enterprises to private 5G networks.

The operator is expecting the project to be completed by March 2024. This is a first phase of a THB6.7 billion budget the Thai government approved for NT’s business development utilising mmWave spectrum, the company licensed spectrum in the 26GHz band for the next 14 years.

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Airtel launches 5G FWA

10 August 2023

Bharti Airtel has launched a 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) service called Airtel Xstream AirFiber.

The FWA offering is delivered to customers as a plug-and-play solution with built-in WiFi 6 technology. It will allow users to connect up to 64 devices simultaneously with initial plans offering speeds of up to 100Mbps.

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GSMA and ESA partner on 6G

18 July 2023

The GSMA has made a deal the European Space Agency (ESA) to collaborate on developing new satellite and terrestrial network technologies, with the aim of enabling better integration with 5G and future 6G systems.

A Memorandum of Intent (MoI) signed by the pair focuses on strengthening the competitiveness of the mobile and satellite network industries by creating an ecosystem which can fast-track development of new complimentary technologies for business and customers.

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