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Study: Fixed wireless grows on unlicensed band

Sun, 07/01/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

Little or no marketing may account for the lack of awareness of fixed wireless services, a study says. In reality, this sector is doing well — in the unlicensed band, where CLECs and IPs are showing a profit.

Unlicensed Spectrum from Allied Business Intelligence says unlicensed operators are leading the fixed wireless deployment, and will approach 7 million subscribers by the end of 2006.

Existing systems have rolled out using the 2.4 GHz band, the study says, but carriers are seeing more acceptance for 900 MHz and the 5 GHz to 6 GHz areas.

Operators deploying fixed wireless are small, but plentiful, ABI says. But the technology is "being overlooked because many of these installations are by carriers that choose to attract little attention to themselves," says ABI VP of Communication Electronics Research Andy Fuertes.

Likewise, the technology is moving faster than other fixed wireless because there are no license fees and equipment is inexpensive and available. Operators often see a profit within 12 months of the initial rollout, the study says.

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