Fixed wireless using 5G networks will generate $1 billion in service revenue by the end of 2019, mostly in the United States, according to researchers at SNS Research.
The market is further expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 84 percent between 2019 and 2025, eventually accounting for more than $40 billion in revenues globally.
The reason for the optimism is the 40 percent lower costs, compared to fiber-to-the-home solutions.
In addition, 5G can significantly accelerate rollout times by eliminating the need to lay cables as required for FTTP rollouts, SNS Research argues.
While many industry analysts believe that 5G-based fixed wireless is only suitable for densely populated urban areas, a number of rural carriers, including C Spire and U.S. Cellular, are beginning to view 5G as a means to deliver last-mile broadband connectivity to underserved rural communities as well.