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CableLabs Mobile Summit – Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)

CableLabs invites you to participate in the upcoming Mobile Summit focusing on Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).

The current global COVID-19 and the rise of 5G have renewed interest in FWA. As a tool, FWA accelerates the deployment of Internet-based broadband access services and support of remote-work and e-learning solutions. FWA has been in use commercially for more than 50 years in various forms, but more recent developments in technology have provided scale and lower cost options for different environments and use cases.  While the FCC is making more spectrum available (sub6GHz and mmWave), options for broadband access continue to increase for both urban and rural deployments

How can the cable industry successfully fend off the FWA threat and turn it into an opportunity? This question will be answered through CableLabs’ FWA innovation discussions and member insights.

Registration is open, and each person must register separately. The event is FREE – there is no cost to attend.

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Time: 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. MDT

Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 29, 2021

A Member-Only event.



    • 8:00-8:10 a.m. Welcome

      Speaker: David Debrecht, CableLabs
    • 8:10-8:45 a.m. CableLabs View: Wireless Broadband, Threat or Opportunity?

      As 5G capabilities advance and regulatory bodies around the world make more mid-band and mmWave spectrum available, mobile operators are leveraging their networks to also deliver fixed wireless services. This is on top of what Wireless ISPs (WISPs) are already doing in both urban and rural markets across the United States. In this session, we look at the latest competitive dynamics across different classes of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) offerings and the potential impacts on cable operators.

      Speaker: Shahed Mazumder, CableLabs
    • 8:45-9:15 a.m. FWA Performance and Economics

      The CableLabs Wireless R&D team has developed a set of tools modeling the techno-economic capabilities of 5G access technology for spectra up to 52 GHz, under a variety of typical deployment architectures. In this session, we analyze two potential FWA mid-band deployments: dedicated 2.5 GHz spectrum deployed on macro towers and C-band (3.7 – 4.0 GHz) using utility poles and small cells. In each case, we present the key performance indicators (KPIs) of outdoor-to-indoor (O2I) cases using in-home customer-premises equipment (CPE) to deliver broadband services.

      Sanjay Patel, CableLabs
      Ruoyu Sun, CableLabs
      Dorin Viorel, CableLabs
    • 9:15-9:25 a.m, Break
    • 9:25-9:55 a.m. Operator Panel: FWA in Action

      Over the years, operators worldwide have deployed Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in many different environments using various technologies providing carrier-grade service for numerous use cases. Lately, these deployments have evolved toward residential customers using standards-based and proprietary technologies, stimulated by lower-cost silicon and wider spectrum bands, including sub 6 GHz and mmWave. In this panel, we gather operators who have deployed FWA to discuss their deployments, lessons learned, performance impacts and business opportunities.

      Panel Host: Mark Poletti, CableLabs
      Gerardo Gruszka, Telecom Argentina
      Ville Partanen, DNA
      Jon Pederson, Midco
    • 9:55-10:20 a.m. FARMSIS™ Technology Update

      CableLabs is working with members and vendors to define a new DOCSIS® Fixed Wireless specification. This project is focused on defining a solution for cable operators to deliver rural broadband to currently unserved and underserved subscribers via a wireless connection. With the “DOCSIS” and “rural” nature of the effort, the name of the project is called FARMSIS. We will provide an update on the progress of this effort and describe how it can be used in conjunction with other FWA technologies to deliver broadband services to rural communities and more.

      Speaker: Daryl Malas, CableLabs
    • 10:20-10:30 a.m. Closing

      Speaker: David Debrecht, CableLabs