Global - Wireless Broadband - Infrastructure Developments


Archived report. This report was archived in 2006 and has not been updated. To compete with fixed wire broadband, it is essential for reliable high-speed wireless technologies to be developed. The major areas where high-speed services are needed are mobile data communications, fixed wireless broadband used to bypass the incumbent fixed networks, spread spectrum technologies, broadband satellite and digital TV/datacasting. The new technologies include the intermediate mobile standards like GPRS, the emerging 3G standards, and the fixed wireless technologies WiFi, WiMAX and a range of proprietary services operating in 3.4GHz band. This report discusses the issues facing wireless broadband, and describes the fixed wireless technologies.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Infrastructure Options
  • 3. Bypassing the fixed network bottleneck
  • 4. The concept of Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
  • 5. Applications
  • 6. Mobile-based Infrastructure
    • 6.1 Fixed/mobile telephone substitution
    • 6.2 GPRS/3G
    • 6.3 4G: WiFi/GPRS/3G combination
    • 6.4 Is there a role for 3G in broadband?
      • 6.4.1 Is WiFi the CT2 of the day?
      • 6.4.2 Mobile networks are not well suited for data
      • 6.4.3 Mobile networks hard to scale
      • 6.4.4 Point-to-multipoint backhaul methodology
      • 6.4.5 Significant cost savings
  • 7. Fixed wireless broadband Infrastructure (1st generation)
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Local Multipoint Distribution Services (LMDS)
    • 7.3 Multichannel Multipoint Distribution System (MMDS)
  • 8. Digital TV
  • 9. Spread spectrum Infrastructure
    • 9.1 WiFi and WiMax
    • 9.2 In house WLANs
    • 9.3 Applications for WLANs
    • 9.4 Interoperability problems
    • 9.5 Mesh networks
      • 9.5.1 Technical introduction
      • 9.5.2 Muni WiFi
      • 9.5.3 Metromesh Perth
      • 9.5.4 RoamAD
  • 10. Room for free wireless broadband
  • 11. Related reports
  • Exhibit 1 – Comparison of access platforms’ advantages and disadvantages

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Telecoms Infrastructure

Number of pages 13

Status Archived

Last updated 30 Dec 2006
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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