The Future of Broadband Connectivity

By Ray Savich   April 21, 2016

In the 1990s, dial-up internet access ruled. The screech of the modem was a familiar sound in the growing number of homes and businesses across the world that were connected to the pre-YouTube, pre-Netflix Internet at a blistering 56K.

Fast forward to the 2000s, and though dial-up had a significant install base remaining, the age of broadband had truly begun with cable and DSL technologies allowing high-speed access to new applications such as streaming video and social media.

In the 2010s, fiber technologies have begun seeing deployment in some areas. Whether fiber to the home or fiber to the cabinet, higher speeds are promised intertwined with higher deployment costs.

Today, millions worldwide rely on fixed wireless networks for their high-speed broadband connection. The combination of high-speed, low deployment cost, fast time to market and reliability is compelling. But as a fixed wireless network operator, what would you do if a wired operator were to move into your area?

What if you had a fixed wireless network that wasn’t worried by cable, fiber or DSL?

The future of broadband connectivity is fixed wireless networks – offering the same cost and reach advantages as today – that offer speeds and reliability outclassing wired networks.

As technologies such as massive MIMO, beamforming and MU-MIMO reach the market and connect real customers to the bandwidth-hungry modern Internet, a shift is occurring: wireless networks are becoming faster than wired ones.

The trend of wireless outpacing wired has been visible for a while when looking at WiFi indoors – but making the same leap outdoors requires a new level of technological innovation, with all of these advanced technologies working in concert.

As technology continues to improve, the broadband connectivity market is due for another fundamental shake-up. Interesting times are ahead for operators and end users alike.