Limited Broadband Alternatives Will Spur European Fixed Wireless Market to $8.6 Billion By 2006

Strategis Group Schedules Conference Call

On April 5 to Discuss State of the Market



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Strategis Group

    LONDON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The fixed wireless access (FWA) market in
 Europe is set to take a large piece of the broadband pie, according to a new
 report from The Strategis Group.  Due largely to a scarcity of viable
 broadband alternatives, the fixed wireless market in the region will reach
 $8.6 billion in annual revenues by 2006, says the report European Fixed
 Wireless Access Markets. The business sector will remain the main revenue
 generator for FWA operators for some time, as operators select high revenue
 customers from urban business districts.
     European FWA operator business plans have changed significantly since the
 failure of Ionica's wireless local loop (WLL) strategy. "Today's FWA operators
 plan to operate very differently," states Jake Saunders, The Strategis Group's
 European Director. "FWA operators are 'cherry-picking' the key telecoms
 customers to minimize infrastructure spend and maximize telecoms revenues,
 making full use of the technology's key advantages: high scalability and quick
 deployment."
     The European FWA market will continue to prime itself until late
 2003/early 2004, at which time The Strategis Group believes many of the
 supply-side bottlenecks, such as expensive customer equipment, will have been
 resolved. FWA will then start to exploit the demand for always-on, reliable
 and high-bandwidth services.  Still, business markets will continue to remain
 the wireless "sweet spot" -- the main 15 European markets will generate more
 than US$6.2 billion in business service revenue, as opposed to US$2.4 billion
 in residential service revenue, in 2006.
     "While the development of the broadband market is often described as a
 competition among access technologies, it is actually more a race to the
 customer through any broadband access technology available," says Diane de
 Polignac, Telecoms Consultant. To the extent that fiber and cable assets are
 scarce, however, a tremendous opportunity exists for wireless access.
 Detailed in the study, many emerging and established carriers have stepped up
 to exploit that niche.
 
     The Strategis Group will hold a conference call on Thursday, April 5th, at
 3 pm UK (10am EST) to discuss findings from European Fixed Wireless Access
 Markets. Interested participants should contact Diane de Polignac on
 +44-207-363-5607 or at DPolignac@StrategisGroup.com to obtain call
 information. There will also be a replay number for those who cannot attend
 the live event.
 
     The Strategis Group, a C7 company -- with offices in Washington, DC,
 London, Singapore, and Sao Paulo -- publishes in-depth market research
 reports, provides customized consulting services, and supplies continuous
 information solutions to the broadband, wireless, cable TV, satellite,
 Internet and competitive telephony industries. The Strategis Group's focus is
 pure telecommunications, providing strategic information to decision makers in
 the dynamic global marketplace.  For more information, please contact an
 account executive at Voice: +44-207-363-5600, Fax: +44-207-363-5610,
 (UK-Email) Europe@StrategisGroup.com or (US-Email) Sales@StrategisGroup.com.
 
 

SOURCE The Strategis Group
    LONDON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The fixed wireless access (FWA) market in
 Europe is set to take a large piece of the broadband pie, according to a new
 report from The Strategis Group.  Due largely to a scarcity of viable
 broadband alternatives, the fixed wireless market in the region will reach
 $8.6 billion in annual revenues by 2006, says the report European Fixed
 Wireless Access Markets. The business sector will remain the main revenue
 generator for FWA operators for some time, as operators select high revenue
 customers from urban business districts.
     European FWA operator business plans have changed significantly since the
 failure of Ionica's wireless local loop (WLL) strategy. "Today's FWA operators
 plan to operate very differently," states Jake Saunders, The Strategis Group's
 European Director. "FWA operators are 'cherry-picking' the key telecoms
 customers to minimize infrastructure spend and maximize telecoms revenues,
 making full use of the technology's key advantages: high scalability and quick
 deployment."
     The European FWA market will continue to prime itself until late
 2003/early 2004, at which time The Strategis Group believes many of the
 supply-side bottlenecks, such as expensive customer equipment, will have been
 resolved. FWA will then start to exploit the demand for always-on, reliable
 and high-bandwidth services.  Still, business markets will continue to remain
 the wireless "sweet spot" -- the main 15 European markets will generate more
 than US$6.2 billion in business service revenue, as opposed to US$2.4 billion
 in residential service revenue, in 2006.
     "While the development of the broadband market is often described as a
 competition among access technologies, it is actually more a race to the
 customer through any broadband access technology available," says Diane de
 Polignac, Telecoms Consultant. To the extent that fiber and cable assets are
 scarce, however, a tremendous opportunity exists for wireless access.
 Detailed in the study, many emerging and established carriers have stepped up
 to exploit that niche.
 
     The Strategis Group will hold a conference call on Thursday, April 5th, at
 3 pm UK (10am EST) to discuss findings from European Fixed Wireless Access
 Markets. Interested participants should contact Diane de Polignac on
 +44-207-363-5607 or at DPolignac@StrategisGroup.com to obtain call
 information. There will also be a replay number for those who cannot attend
 the live event.
 
     The Strategis Group, a C7 company -- with offices in Washington, DC,
 London, Singapore, and Sao Paulo -- publishes in-depth market research
 reports, provides customized consulting services, and supplies continuous
 information solutions to the broadband, wireless, cable TV, satellite,
 Internet and competitive telephony industries. The Strategis Group's focus is
 pure telecommunications, providing strategic information to decision makers in
 the dynamic global marketplace.  For more information, please contact an
 account executive at Voice: +44-207-363-5600, Fax: +44-207-363-5610,
 (UK-Email) Europe@StrategisGroup.com or (US-Email) Sales@StrategisGroup.com.
 
 SOURCE  The Strategis Group