5G edge cloud solutions provider Inseego announced it launched its next-gen 5G indoor router, FX3100 with the UScellular. The newly upgraded router includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon X62 5G Modem-RF System and adds new capabilities to the current generation FX2000. The new solution also delivers fast broadband Internet to residential, enterprise and small and medium-sized business customers in a small form factor that end users can easily deploy, according to the company.
“UScellular is having success providing broadband internet services using their state-of-the-art 5G network in their region,” said Ritesh Mukherjee, senior vice president of 5G products at Inseego. “We are very proud to be working with UScellular to continue to bring new 5G FWA innovations to the market. Our 5G FWA solutions are highly secure, easy to deploy, and built for large-scale deployments. The FX3100 fits in nicely within our broad FWA portfolio, bringing a new choice to our customers.”
What is Fixed Wireless Access
Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) was thrust into the limelight in 2022 by a boom in subscriber growth across the country. The top two wireless providers added an incredible 900,000 new US subscribers in Q3 alone, and Ericsson estimates in its Mobility Report that there were more than 100 million FWA connections globally at the end of 2022.
While not a new offering, improvements in spectral efficiency, hardware, and deployment of new 5G technology has unleashed FWA growth in recent years. This has, in turn, shown that the technology is a robust alternative to fiber and cable broadband services. The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) released a new report that dives into the growing FWA network opportunity, exploring how FWA works and how it compares to other broadband technologies.
The topline takeaway? FWA can be deployed at a lower cost, in less time, and offer download speeds comparable to fiber. And there is an important added benefit—in many circumstances, the same network can also be used to expand the reach of mobile broadband connectivity.
Because it does not rely on a wired connection to the end user, FWA has some inherent advantages over other fixed technologies (e.g., cable and fiber) in deployment cost and time. FWA is a technology used by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to offer broadband access to subscribers via a wireless technology between two fixed transceivers. The key advantage: FWA allows service providers to bring wireless internet access to homes or businesses without laying fiber or cables to provide last mile connectivity.