A recent LTE report from ABI Research caught my eye. It states that by 2019, 123 million homes will rely exclusively on LTE for broadband and that shipments of LTE fixed wireless terminals will hit 44 million.
That means a lot of homes out there will be relying exclusively on LTE for their Internet. They won’t have fiber, cable or DSL, so the whole concept of Wi-Fi calling fixing coverage problems will be moot (see our previous post on Wi-Fi calling vs. making calls using a carrier’s mobile network, which features solutions such as CellSpot from T-Mobile).
This rise in cellular connectivity in homes is a bit unexpected. Everybody thought the fixed LTE market was an afterthought, or a niche segment. But the idea has caught operators’ fancy. The fact is that fixed LTE broadband represents a significant market opportunity for operators. At the end of the day, mobility delivers much larger profit margins than structured cabling.
To clear up any confusion, here’s a quick explanation of the difference between fixed LTE broadband and LTE for mobility:
If you have a smartphone or car or another device with LTE, that’s mobility. In other words, your service is on the move. Fixed wireless uses the same cellular tower infrastructure, but is delivered via a modem that will connect the home to that network. We’re already seeing 4G LTE broadband routers on the market, and we can certainly expect to see a lot more.
But for any cellular-based solution, you need to have coverage. So the same reception challenges remain. This is where Cel-Fi comes is as the perfect complement to enhance signals in the home or office.
It also puts an interesting spin on HD Voice (VoLTE) in the home. But that’s a discussion for another time.
Is fixed wireless on your radar? Let us know.
By the Cel-Fi Team