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Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)

Definition - What does Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) mean?

Fixed wireless access (FWA) is the process of accessing a communicating network or internet on a fixed wireless networks.

It is a type of wireless broadband data communication, which is performed between two fixed locations - connected through fixed wireless access devices and equipment.

Techopedia explains Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)

Fixed wireless access works primarily when two fixed locations are required to be connected directly. Traditionally, enterprises used leased lines or cables to connect two different locations. FWA is cheaper alternative, specifically in densely populated areas. Typically, FWA employs radio links as the communication and connecting medium between both locations. Usually, the fixed wireless broadcasting equipment is hoisted at building roofs on both the locations to ensure an obstruction free data transmission. Each of the FWA devices is configured to be in line of sight or is in a similar direction for better signal reception. Moreover, besides connecting one-to-one locations, FWA can be implemented in point-to-multipoint and multipoint-to-multipoint transmission modes.

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