T-Mobile USA has revealed that it now has one million 5G broadband customers with Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) and has expanded availability to ten million more homes.
The service, which launched a year ago, is now available to 40 million homes across the United States, providing a real alternative to fixed broadband.
Instead of a physical connection to the Internet, such as fiber or cable, FWA uses a mobile network to power a router which provides a similar experience to landline connectivity.
5G FWA Broadband
The advantage of 5G FWA is that it can provide ultra-fast, even ultra-fast, broadband services in hard-to-reach areas and provide greater flexibility and competition in urban areas.
Although 4G has been used to power the FWA, 5G is a significant boost for the technology due to the additional speed and capacity – made possible by high-speed, long-range spectrum – that new networks generation provide.
This is especially true in the United States, where several major cities are served by a single carrier, and where mobile carriers offer 5G FWA using millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum.
T-Mobile celebrated the milestone in generally bullish fashion, saying it expects to have between seven and eight million FWA customers by 2025.
“T-Mobile’s remarkable growth in broadband – a market teeming with large giant corporations – underscores how hungry customers are for a real alternative to fixed carriers and ISPs,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. T-Mobile.
“We launched into broadband last year with a radically new value accessory that completely disrupted this category, and now, with a home footprint that is millions larger than the nearest fixed wireless competitor. “