The high cost of fiber-to-the-home and the declining share of internet traffic carried over mobile networks has reinvigorated demand for a disruptive alternative in fixed broadband. In the US, over 80% of the population lives in cities or suburbs, and incredibly, over half of those areas have only one ISP option for high-speed internet.
When broadband grew rapidly in the early DSL & Cable era, it was fueled by insatiable demand and a sensible cost model, delivering a return on investment (ROI) to ISPs of 12-18 months. Fiber failed to match that opportunity, as demand for gigabit service was low and the cost model did not scale—ballooning to nearly 5 years before ROI was realized.
5G Fixed wireless recreates the healthy conditions to once again stimulate broad growth. The opportunity is huge—high-density cities, poorly connected suburbs, and streaming video are driving incredible demand. Plus, rural communities are ripe for fiber-fast internet after struggling with intermittent, low-speed access for years. With the introduction of the Mimosa 5G Fixed wireless solution, ROI can be delivered in 6-12 months in most global markets.
Leveraging technology advancements in Massive MIMO and antenna beamforming, Mimosa’s proprietary Spectrum Reuse Synchronization (SRS) technology adds an even more powerful dimension to scale wireless networks with expanded capacity and bandwidth. Precise time coordination of transmissions network‑wide eliminates the interference caused by nearby radios, allowing a single access point (AP) to efficiently reuse channels rather than wasting spectrum to avoid interference.
Residential environments pose challenging and often unpredictable physical obstacles that impede wireless signals. While some 5G industry players favor millimeter wave solutions for the larger swaths of spectrum, these higher frequencies suffer massive performance degradation when they hit trees and moving vehicles within 500 feet of a home. Mimosa favors deploying solutions in lower, sub-6 GHz spectrum. But with less spectrum available, efficient spectrum reuse techniques are critical to achieve scale. While Mimosa’s SRS technology is spectrum-agnostic, when deployed in these lower frequencies, Mimosa’s solutions expand residential fixed wireless opportunities compared to millimeter wave solutions that struggle in near- and non-line-of-sight areas.
With scarce mobile spectrum and price per gigabyte of mobile traffic now exceeding 50-100 times that of broadband, Mimosa’s new 5G Fixed wireless solutions – the urban MicroPoP and rural GigaPoP architectures – will be critical to meet the growing connectivity demand. The Mimosa 5G MicroPoP and GigaPoP solutions are the first commercially-viable 5G solutions for fixing bandwidth demand where it’s needed most—at home.
Unlike tower deployments where Wireless ISPs (WISPs) typically service a relatively small number of subscribers over a large geography, delivering service in higher density markets means getting much closer to subscribers using smaller MicroPoP hub locations. Targeting high-density urban and suburban markets requires a completely new technology architecture and deployment approach versus traditional centralized tower deployments. Mimosa’s compact and elegant equipment is uniquely designed for rooftop hosting locations. Homeowners agree to serve as hub homes in exchange for free or discounted service, an approach which is considerably more scalable than typical tower rentals, or engineering and right of way contract negotiations typically required to access municipality-owned assets.
“Our network currently has over twenty Mimosa A5 and Mimosa A5c's within the city limits of Ravenna, which is about a two mile radius”
“All of the A5 access devices are running 80 MHz channels and the A5c devices that are running TDMA are also in 80 MHz. All of these A5 and A5c devices are currently using 110 MHz of spectrum, in total, thanks to frequency reuse. In addition, they will sync with a Mimosa B5 link. The results have been amazing!”
–Kent Urwiller, CEO of Prairie Hills Wireless
By targeting 250-500 Mbps speeds, and eventually Gigabit service at prices comparable to lower-performing bundled DSL and cable services, one can reasonably expect to achieve 30%+ market share in almost any neighborhood.
Rural areas have always been the hallmark of fixed wireless WISPs, the lifeblood connecting the unconnected at long distances from over-saturated towers, grain silos and water towers. While the FCC identifies broadband as 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream, most rural areas still remain underserved below these speeds, and many have no connectivity at all. The Mimosa 5G GigaPoP solution enables ISPs to scale now to deliver 100 Mbps speeds and beyond, and to easily add more sectors and subscriber capacity than previously possible.
Each MicroPoP deployment can easily service 30 single family or multi-dwelling units within 300m coverage areas—aligning perfectly with density and take rates of typical suburban residential markets starting at 400 households/km2. To scale to single family and smaller multi-dwelling home neighborhoods up to 1,200 households/km2, a constellation of overlapping MicroPoP hub homes can be deployed to handle the capacity.
While under-serviced DSL markets are clearly a key opportunity in the suburbs, urban markets with a higher concentration of multi-dwelling housing units also can use building to approach with point-to-point Gigabit lightly-licensed equipment at an even lower cost per subscriber.
“The opportunity for ISPs to reliably deliver hundreds of Megabits per second to each home at one-fifth the cost of fiber changes the game.”
“As a 100% wireless ISP using the Mimosa 5G MicroPoP solution with SRS technology, we’ve dramatically reduced our spectrum usage and delivered fiber-like speeds to customers who could not be happier with the experience. Using spectrum with some non-line-of-sight capability is critical in the last-mile and my network would not scale without synchronization. Mimosa will open up many higher density market areas to expand my business.”
–Rory Conaway, CEO of Triad Wireless
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