During the Futurecom telecommunications fair, Hi announced that it plans to use the technology 5G to provide fixed broadband. Fixed access over 5G networks would have high speeds and could complement the company’s fiber optic coverage.
As 5G technology promises speeds in the home of gigabits per second and low latency, the operator intends to adopt the FWA (fixed wireless access) model as a temporary offer model until the arrival of the actual optical fiber. The model can be used to analyze broadband demand before launching an optimized plan specific to each region.
In the long run, the operator considers 5G as an alternative for coverage in rural areas and with low population density, where access to the internet is done predominantly via mobile networks. In markets with high population density, high level of accessibility, demand for high speeds and potential for the corporate segment, fiber would continue to be the main access technology.
For all of this to work, Oi aims at a band of at least 100 MHz of spectrum to have a performance similar to that of fiber. The operator does not rule out the reuse of frequencies already acquired, but only has a capacity between 80 MHz and 95 MHz in the frequencies of 1.8 GHz, 2.1 GHz and 2.6 GHz, used with 2G, 3G and 4G technology.
As we mentioned in Tecnocast about 5G, FWA access can also be important in cities: there are several buildings and residences where the existing piping is obstructed or even non-existent, which hinders the arrival of optical fiber. If 5G as fixed broadband really delivers good results, the installation cost decreases considerably, since the user himself would be able to buy the modem and activate it without the need for a technician.
Upgrade in the fiber optic network
Oi should also launch in the first half of 2020 the FTTH network with XGS-PON. The technology supports speeds four times higher than the then used GPON, reaching 10 gigabits per second of symmetrical band. The operator did not say, however, if the residential plans will improve the sending speed: currently, the 200 Mb / s plan delivers only 15 Mb / s of upload.
The operator continues with a strategic plan that provides for the expansion of fixed broadband by optical fiber to 16 million homes by 2021.