The Power of Fixed Wireless Access

David H. Deans
Technology | Media | Telecom
3 min readApr 12, 2024


In a world increasingly reliant on digital connectivity, the fixed wireless communications market has emerged as a crucial player in enhancing access to high-speed, reliable internet across both densely populated and remote regions.

As the global demand for comprehensive connectivity continues to grow, the performance and efficiency of fixed wireless access (FWA) technology have become central to bridging the way we live, work, and communicate online.

Fixed Wireless Access Market Development

According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the worldwide FWA subscription base is poised for strong growth, with a forecasted 14 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2023 to 2029, reaching almost 265 million subscribers by the end of the decade.

This trajectory underscores the growing importance of FWA in the telecommunications landscape, as service providers and technology innovators alike strive to deliver connectivity solutions that cater to the evolving needs of both enterprise and consumer markets.

At the forefront of this market transformation is the rise of 5G FWA, which is expected to account for 45 percent of the total FWA subscription base by 2029, reaching 118 million connections and growing at a CAGR of 35 percent.

This shift towards more advanced and efficient network technologies reflects the industry’s commitment to providing high-performance, low-latency connectivity that can meet the demands of modern applications and user expectations.

One key driver of this 5G FWA growth is the ambitious rollout plans of leading operators, such as Reliance Jio in India, which has committed to reaching 100 million 5G FWA connected premises within its market.

This bold initiative not only underscores the potential of FWA in addressing connectivity gaps but also highlights the growing importance of advanced wireless technologies in bridging the digital divide, particularly in regions where traditional wireline infrastructure may be limited or challenging to deploy.

Device advancements are also playing a role in driving market adoption. The recent announcement by ZTE of the world’s first AI 5G FWA customer premises equipment exemplifies the industry’s focus on improving bandwidth utilization and reducing network congestion of 5G devices.

These innovations not only enhance the user experience but also contribute to the overall efficiency and competitiveness of 5G FWA as a viable connectivity solution.

As the fixed wireless communications market continues to evolve, the use cases are expanding. From delivering high-speed internet access to underserved rural and remote communities to enabling innovative smart city initiatives and powering enterprise-grade connectivity solutions.

In the enterprise sector, FWA is gaining traction as a reliable and cost-effective alternative to traditional fixed-line broadband, particularly in areas where legacy infrastructure may be limited or challenging to deploy.

By offering enterprise-grade performance, low latency, and robust security features, FWA is empowering businesses to unlock new opportunities for remote work, cloud-based services, and industrial IoT applications, ultimately driving productivity, efficiency, and competitiveness.

In the consumer market, 5G FWA is transforming the way people access the internet, providing high-speed, low-latency connectivity that can support a wide range of bandwidth-intensive applications, from streaming and online gaming to remote learning and telemedicine.

Outlook for Fixed Wireless Applications Growth

As the fixed wireless communications market continues to evolve, the industry’s focus on advancing network technologies, expanding coverage, and delivering innovative applications will be key to unlocking the full potential of this transformative technology.

I believe that by bridging the connectivity divide, plus empowering both enterprise and consumer users, the fixed wireless communications market is set to reshape the way we live, work, and interact online.

Moreover, broadband Internet access competition should help to reduce subscriber pricing in monopoly or duopoly markets across the globe. That is important progress in captive markets where the incumbent service providers lack the incentive to change their status quo.

Originally published at https://blog.geoactivegroup.com.