Tuesday 11 September 2018

Introduction to Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)

We have just produced a new tutorial on Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The high level introductory tutorial looks at what is meant by Fixed Wireless Access, which is being touted as one of the initial 5G use cases. This presentation introduces FWA and looks at a practical deployment example.

According to GSA report, "Global Progress to 5G – Trials, Deployments and Launches", July 2018:

One use-case that has gained prominence is the use of 5G to deliver fixed wireless broadband services. We have identified 20 tests so far that have specifically focused on the fixed wireless access (FWA) use-case, which is five more than three months ago.

Embedded below is the video and presentation of the FWA tutorial.

If you found this useful, you would be interested in other tutorials on the 3G4G website here.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fixed WIRELESS access means WIRE-FREE.
So OPTICAL (free-space optics - FSO) or RADIO tech.

That aside, the driver for 5G FRA has been economic,
and in the USA only. Two major telcos, with a coastal
duality (east/west) in networks.

Specifically, one has an incumbent fibre network where
the other has nothing. So building FRA networks offers
a cheaper possibility than laying their own fibre network,
and the 5G RAT offers the possibility of comparable
speeds to fibre.

A lot more spectrum in the mm-wave band, means that
spectrum reuse is much better than for historic cellular
networks. Then the short propagation distances of mm-wave
signals is ok for FRA, where the propagation distances
do not have to be as large as those that currently exist
for say macro-cell networks in Okumura-Hata "urban" terrain,
for either access (BS to residence) or relay networks.