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5G fixed wireless is thriving, but will it go the way of WiMAX?

Fixed wireless access (FWA) has been the belle of the ball in the first phase of 5G, largely because it is the only mainstream use case that is enabled by the early 5G platforms, that provides some operators with a brand new revenue stream. While the enterprise and IoT services will need to wait for the 5G core and future standards, and the mobile broadband use cases are more of the same, FWA offers selected operators a chance to provide fixed/mobile convergence and multiplay services for the first time. The long term business case looks marginal for most operators, however. Three UK is one of a handful of mobile-only providers which are launching FWA-first, to leverage plentiful amounts of spectrum…

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