It’s the debate that is ringing in ears of the telecoms industry – will the advances of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) mark the beginning of the end for fibre? Telecoms network specialists, Comvergent, explain that it’s not as simple as ‘A or B’.
Whether 5G FWA will replace fibre within the final mile may provide the basis for an interesting technological debate, but the reality is far more complex.
In scenarios where fibre is cost-prohibitive to implement, 5G FWA will provide a real alternative for consumers. In scenarios where both 5G and fibre are available, the wireless technology, which benefits from being part of the 5G 3GPP specification and its associated economies of scale in the supply chain, is likely to be offered at competitive prices, providing consumers with an attractive alternative. The question of 5G or fibre then comes down to a matter of choice, based largely on price.