Fixed wireless access (FWA) is an appealing alternative to wired broadband, and a 2020 report (opens in new tab) from Nokia called it "a strong near-term opportunity”, with 73% of SMBs surveyed saying that 5G broadband was appealing as an alternative or back-up to wired broadband
Identifying this opportunity, Nokia has been working with key partners to develop FWA, and has announced a deal to supply 5G FWA equipment to Ooredoo Kuwait, for the operator’s customer premises.
“Fixed broadband is essential for Kuwait’s economic growth and diversification," said Essa Haider, director of network planning and design at Ooredoo Kuwait. "5G Fixed Wireless Access is a key component of our strategy and we’re delighted to be partnering with Nokia to provide better coverage, reach and speed.”
As a self-proclaimed pioneer of FWA in Kuwait, Ooredoo is now offering the Nokia FastMile 5G Gateway as a premium internet device for residential and business customers. The Nokia FastMile 5G Receiver (opens in new tab) combines indoor and outdoor technology, enabling Swisscom to deploy FWA via a single device, which is simple enough for the end user to install.
“We are extremely proud to have been selected by Ooredoo to offer our FWA FastMile solution to customers who want a great experience and easy installation," said Rima Manna, head of the Middle East market unit at Nokia MEA. "With this significant deal, we strengthen our partnership with Ooredoo Kuwait and are looking forward to working with the operator more closely to deliver compelling 5G experiences to its customers.”
Nokia’s self-installable 5G FWA gateway incorporates Wi-Fi 6 with self-optimizing mesh technology to optimize performance in real-time, and is available for residential and business customers in Kuwait via the Ooredoo website.