There are a number of ways businesses can benefit from the reliability and speed provided by FWA, in areas where it is available. Example use cases include providing data-driven agricultural practices to farming and allowing rural small businesses to offer their products and services online.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce believes the full adoption of digital tools for rural small businesses would lead to an additional $74 billion in sales per year, an addition of $41 billion in GDP and at least 300,000 extra jobs.
Research from 5G Americas, meanwhile, suggested that FWA could homogenize the user experience for companies that need to provide the same connectivity to employees working in rural offices or their homes as those working at their headquarters. As with any business, there is always some risk of physical connections going down, so FWA can serve as a backup and failover option.
FWA has already reached a point that it is comparing favorably with wired services and in many cases would be a competitive alternative to technologies such as DSL, according to a recent report from Deloitte. While fixed wireless delivered vs. satellite will remain an important choice for rural internet service, FWA appears to be growing in popularity, with Deloitte predicting the number of FWA connections will grow to 88 million this year. FWA is an attractive option due to its lower cost and higher bandwidth as compared to currently available satellite options.
Services like Allconnect have online directories to determine if FWA is available in a given area, and you can also talk to your provider about how FWA could offer the rural internet service you need for your business.
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