4G-5G FWA Forum’s Contribution to EU State Aid Guidelines ConsultationExecutive Summary
GSA 4G-5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Forum represents a broad end-to-end 3GPP ecosystem with over 40 companies across infrastructure, chipset, module and customer premise equipment (CPE) industry segments. The GSA FWA forum welcomes the European Commission´s (EC) proposed update to the EU´s Broadband State Aid Guidelines (BBGL) including FWA as an additional technology to close the digital divide in Europe. FWA offers a fast, economically attractive and future proof alternative to deploying broadband services, in particular for rural and less densely populated areas where there is a connectivity gap and fiber deployment costs are high.
In its Gigabit Society Communication the EC set a connectivity target of 100 Mbps download speeds, upgradable to 1 Gbps, for all European households. This 2025 target has been reconfirmed in the recent Digital Compass Communication. Yet, millions of European households lack access to fast and reliable broadband, which has been emphasized in the past two years of Covid-19 pandemic. Bridging this connectivity gap in time to meet the 2025 target will require a range of different technologies including 5G FWA, particularly in harder to reach rural areas. The BBGL should encourage the deployment of state aid in support of the EU target of 100 Mbps for all households by 2025, as a key interim step to its full 2030 ambition, and to ensure all EU households and businesses have access to the ultrafast broadband connectivity in as short a timeframe as possible.
4G-5G FWA Forum’s Contribution to EU State Aid Guidelines Consultation
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