Forecast: FWA to capture 9% of U.S. broadband subs by 2026

Jan. 26, 2022
GlobalData forecasts that 2022 will witness more than 1.95 million US residential and business subscriptions for fixed wireless internet, also called fixed wireless access (FWA).

In its latest North America Fixed Communications Forecast Pack, industry analytics firm GlobalData forecasts that 2022 will witness more than 1.95 million US residential and business subscriptions for fixed wireless internet, also called fixed wireless access (FWA).

Looking ahead, GlobalData's latest research forecasts that FWA subscription rolls will skyrocket to 10.43 million in 2026, representing nearly 9% of total US broadband access lines.

Tammy Parker, principal analyst at GlobalData, observes, “Regardless of how it is branded, FWA is answering growing residential and business demand for internet connectivity, with wireless networks often delivering broadband service in areas where other options may be scarce, as a complement to existing wired broadband service – such as when a remote worker requires a separate connection from the family’s main internet service – or as a broadband solution for short-term needs.”

According to GlobalData:

Subscriptions for fixed wireless internet are gaining momentum in the United States, driven by a perfect storm of enabling factors. Chief among these is user demand and government efforts to see that this demand is satisfied, heightened data performance with 5G technologies, user friendliness from new technological approaches, and a desire by mobile operators to drive new revenues from fixed broadband services...

The pace of FWA deployments will be aided by the unprecedented influx of government funding in support of broadband availability and affordability that has occurred since the COVID-19 pandemic caused work and school activities to go remote.

GlobalData's Parker adds: “With those factors as a backdrop, 5G-enabled FWA has arrived at an opportune time, providing greater spectral efficiency and delivering faster data speeds than earlier technologies. Additionally, new plug-and-play 5G routers are making it super easy for customers to self-install FWA on the fly without having to wait for a truck roll and a technician."

GlobalData’s forecasts include FWA subscriptions serving fixed devices within the customer’s premises or a narrow, restrained zone. Services allowing restrained mobility within a neighborhood or a town are considered mobile for the purposes of GlobalData’s forecasts. For more information, visit

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