Mobile Broadband 

Three major trends are impacting communications networks of today.  Now that broadband is available to the majority of citizens developed nations, the next phase of unthethered access has arrived with the goal of providing truly ubiquitous access, with a major role for 4G wireless technologies.  This ubiquitous access will in turn drive the development of more powerful applications, resulting in a dramatic increase in data use.  Thirdly, wireless broadband will play a crucial role in less developed countries with little of no significantly developed communication infrastructure. By providing solutions that are affordable to deploy and inexpensive to maintain, millions of people will finally be able to enjoy voice communications and experience the benefits of internet access. 

Broadband Ubiquity

With the emergence of ever more powerful handheld devices, business and residential users of broadband services have come to expect the same performance of their portable devices. This requires an overhaul of the communication infrastructure that was build for narrow band voice services.  The arrival of fourth generation wireless all-IP technologies such as WiMAX, combined with robust fixed metro and access networks can deliver wireless broadband services equal to today's wired broadband technologies.

Data Use

Total Internet Data has been growing more than 40% per year in the last few years, but growth in mobile data use is expected to dwarf these rates....

Mobile Data GrowthMobile Traffic Forecast  Mobile data traffic is expected to grow with a CAGR of around 50 percent (2012-2018), driven mainly by video. This will result in growth of around 12 times by the end of 2018.  Data from Ericsson shows smartphone traffic continues to experience high growth due to subscriptions, mostly in the emerging economies, as well as an overall increase in data use per subscriber. In the latter years of the forecast period, data traffic will be split fairly equally between mobile phones on the one hand, and tablets, mobile routers and mobile PCs on the other. Mobile data traffic will grow considerably faster than fixed data traffic over the forecast period. However, in absolute volume, fixed data traffic will remain dominant over the same period. Accessing the internet through dedicated apps such as social networks and picture messaging will drive mobile traffic. These trends will have a major impact on the way wireless communication networks will have to be designed.  

ARRA 2009

The recently enacted re-
construction and rehabili-
tation law (ARRA) is ARRAexpec-
ted to sti-
mulate the availability of broad-
band to those 10-15% of American Households currently limited to dial-up access. As the majority of these dial-users are residing in the most rural areas, wireless broadband access could provide an inexpensive and easy to deploy solution .  

BWA Research Group recently authored a white paper discussing the broadband technology options for rural communities. 

You can request a copy of the paper by completing this form.

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