Fixed-wireless broadband is in the spotlight following news of T-Mobile's acquisition of Sprint.
The addition of Sprint's network, spectrum and IP capabilities may have the new T-Mobile a different perspective on fixed wireless opportunities, but other service providers already are investing in this fiber alternative. After all, the combined Sprint/T-Mobile could deliver home broadband via fixed wireless using a mixture of 5G technology on spectrum, said Mike Sievert, T-Mobile president and chief operating officer, during its recent earnings call. In addition to spectrum, T-Mobile acquired Layer3TV in 2017, planning to enter the TV business.
"Now you have a network, where you can provide all this IPTV service not just through their home broadband connection or under their smartphone, but through a wireless alternative to their home broadband as well," he said in the call.
Over at Windstream, one priority this year is to accelerate high-speed broadband deployment by using new and existing technologies such as fixed wireless.
Speaking during the service provider's recent earnings call, Windstream Holdings President and CEO Anthony (Tony) Thomas discussed the company's debut of fixed wireless high-speed technology. The solution is designed to deliver speeds of up to 200Mbit/s to eligible residential and small to midsize business customers on two Windstream ILEC exchanges, he said.
"This deployment will allow Windstream to meet CAF-II requirements in certain areas, as well as to challenge the competition with faster speeds in the marketplace," Thomas said, according to the Seeking Alpha transcript, referring to the Federal Connect America Fund, Phase II, initiative designed to expand broadband and voice to under- and un-served regions.
Wireless ISP XCIEN will use Mimosa's fixed wireless access, backhaul and client device solutions to expand its ultra-broadband network for business and residential subscribers. With these fixed-wireless technologies, XCIEN expects to reduce the cost of provisioning point-to-point dedicated services to less than $1,000 for the complete link while providing business customers with speeds of up to 250Mbit/s in point-to-point and 30Mbit/s in point-to-multipoint deployments, according to Mimosa.
And Australia's nbn -- which said earlier this month about 6% of fixed wireless cells (or about 500) get so congested they can drop to a performance level of 6Mbp/s per user -- is upgrading many cells, the service provider said. As an earlier adopter, nbn now is deploying some of the latest fixed wireless technologies to bolster services, it said.
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Fiber optic cable vendor Prysmian Group is now shipping its FlexRibbon Technology-based, US-sourced and made 6912 fiber MassLink Cable to service providers seeking densification for 5G or solutions for filled ducts.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!