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AT&T Launches Fixed 5G Wireless Broadband for Businesses

DALLAS — AT&T is adding fixed 5G wireless to its wireless broadband for businesses.

Beginning in April, business customers can use routers from Cradlepoint and Sierra Wireless to "maximize the enterprise benefits of 5G," selecting the right speeds and quality for their operation, according to AT&T last month.

AT&T has been hitting big on fixed wireless technology for over two years now. Back in 2019, AT&T outlined fixed wireless as one of the core foundations of its 5G plans.

The introduction of the fixed 5G wireless will enhance its wireless broadband and help businesses optimize their remote connectivity.

“It is now almost a full year since the global pandemic accelerated remote work adoption by almost a decade,” said Mo Katibeh, chief product and platform officer, AT&T Business.

Katibeth called the addition of fixed 5G a solution for businesses that will help them "continue to innovate, serve their customers and enable employees to efficiently and effectively work — even when they can’t walk down the hall to someone else’s office.”

The back of an internet router. The back of an internet router. Photo by Stephen Phillips/Unsplash.

The back of an internet router. Photo by Stephen Phillips/Unsplash.

Wireless broadband

AT&T Wireless Broadband has served swathes of businesses in the United States and across the globe either as a primary connection or as a complementary or secondary alternative, assuaging the core need for reliability.

The offering particularly helps temporary work sites in need of connectivity and can eliminate specialized construction expenses or connection-related downtime for an operation.

With the jump of remote work during the pandemic, employees working outside the office can tap into secure connectivity, independent of their personal broadband connection.

The offering also facilitates technology adoption for businesses by allowing them to deploy this broadband as an exclusive connection for emerging applications. 

Wireless broadband speeds

Flexibility has been a strong point of AT&T's wireless broadband service. Depending on a business's budget and connectivity needs, AT&T provides a range of plans. 

These plans start from the 8 Mbps LTE Data plan up to the 100 Mbps 5G/5G+/LTE Data plan. The 8Mbps LTE Data plan, which goes for $80 a month per line, comes with a 10 GB AT&T Business Fast Track. This set up for businesses with light data traffic.

Next is the 12Mbps LTE Data plan, which costs $130 a month per line. This also comes with the 10GB AT&T Business Fast Track. The 50 Mbps 5G/5G+/LTE Data plan is a significant step up, presenting 30 GB AT&T Business Fast Track for $200 a month per line. 

The most advanced offering from AT&T is the 100 Mbps 5G/5G+/LTE Data plan. This costs $300 a month per line, giving customers 50 GB AT&T Business Fast Track. 

The fixed/wireless broadband market

This industry recorded a market value of $326.7 billion in 2019, with a projected compound annual growth rate of 9% from 2020-2027. 

AT&T generated broadband revenue near $3.1 billion in Q4 of 2020.

Verizon and T-mobile are battling it out with AT&T in the fixed/wireless broadband market. 

Verizon is introducing 5G fixed wireless service to Duane Reed-branded stores. This program covers over 9,000 stores.

Verizon has also been pursuing a larger share of the residential fixed wireless market. Verizon's 5G Home fixed wireless is operational in 18 American cities, and it stretched its 4G LTE fixed wireless access coverage to 48 states last year. 

T-Mobile is migrating its fixed wireless internet service to 5G — up from its current 4G and propping up its Home Internet service.

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