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October-December 2021

Nokia and Ooredoo initiate 4G and 5G fixed wireless access deployment across Oman

In the latest example of the recent momentum gained by fixed wireless access (FWA) providers among telcos, Omani operator Ooredoo has revealed that after beginning work on a project in February with Nokia, it is now able to offer 4G and 5G FWA services across the country. FWA has huge potential, especially for connecting homes and businesses in remote areas to 5G networks and addressing long-standing broadband connectivity issues. In a December 2020 trial that aimed to reveal how FWA could help urban, suburban and rural areas boost connectivity capacity and prove the feasibility of 5G millimetre-wave (mmWave) frequencies in powering high-speed, long-distance FWA devices, Italian operator TIM, Ericsson and Qualcomm claimed to have set a world record for long-distance speed with 5G mmWave technology. Leading analyst ABI Research believes there is significant traction for both 4G and 5G FWA technologies as operators increasingly use these solutions as a way to bring ultra-broadband access and services to customers. It forecasts ...

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