Sky On Fire: The Future of Fixed 5G in the US

5G. You’ve heard the hype, but what exactly IS 5G?

At this point, frankly, it’s mostly vendor-speak. Further complicating the comprehension is the fact that not all vendors are using the same terminology. Add another kerfuffle into the mix: who is actively and successfully navigating this new space and who is simply chattering a great deal?

Fifth-generation wireless, or 5G, is the latest iteration of cellular technology. It follows four prior generations of wireless technology, including 4G (LTE/WiMax), 3G (UMTS, CDMA-2000), and 2G (GSM, CDMA One) systems.

5G is one technology with many applications, fixed and mobile wireless broadband access among them. Key questions addressed in this report include:

  1. What forces are driving (and hindering) the rise of 5G-FWA as a viable option for residential video access?
  2. How, if at all, will the introduction of 5G-FWA change the dynamics of residential broadband and pay-TV?
  3. What are key “outside of the box” issues that could make or break the rise of 5G-FWA, or at least create a transition path that differs dramatically from ones commonly envisioned by today’s forecasters?

TDG’s new 5G-FWA forecast is groundbreaking in light of how important fixed 5G is to the future of telcos, and even satellite operators. The sooner these companies can add a national footprint of high-speed broadband services to their arsenal, the more robust their bundling and blending strategies will become and the better their chances of survival will be in this increasingly verticalized ecosystem. Additionally, local and regional governments should read, since citizens are voicing concerns about 5G small cells.

Undoubtedly fixed incumbents with significant last-mile investment in copper or fiber, mobile operators, and both legacy and virtual pay-TV operators, will be impacted by the diffusion of 5G-FWA—some negatively, some positively. In this report. we assess and quantify the key market forces and market players driving (or inhibiting) the expansion of 5GFWA, as well as the ability of 5GFWA to shape a new future for the consumer video market.

Download the summary: