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    US collaboration gives fixed wireless access a serious boost


    Partners in the trial say they achieved a 7km range for FWA over millimeter wave (mmWave) on a commercial network.

    Ericsson, Inseego, Qualcomm Technologies and UScellular announced they reached a milestone of 7km for a fixed wireless access (FWA) 5G link over mmWave.

    The trial sustained average downlink speeds of 1Gbps and uplink speeds of 55Mbps. The instantaneous peak downlink speeds was recorded at greater than 2Gbps.

    Also, the companies achieved sustained average downlink speeds of 730 Mbps and sustained average uplink speeds of ~38 Mbps at a distance of 1.75 km with no line of sight.

    Who did what

    The trial was carried out at Janesville, Wisconsin (pictured), on UScellular’s commercial network by applying:
    • Ericsson’s extended-range functionality to Ericsson commercial hardware Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) 5322 antenna; and
    • an Inseego Wavemaker 5G outdoor CPE FW2010 with the Qualcomm 5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform gen 1.
    This incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System and a Qualcomm QTM527 mmWave antenna module.
    They say the trial demonstrates the range and connectivity speeds 5G mmWave could provide to homes and businesses everywhere.

    Almost a third (29.1%) of Europe’s population lives in rural areas which are typically the worst served by broadband providers and the hardest to reach. FWA is becoming a viable option.

    High throughput, long distance

    Ashish Sharma, president of IoT and mobile solutions, Inseego. “We’re delivering exceptionally high throughput at a very long distance with millimeter wave technology. In addition to bringing 5G to enterprise and home broadband customers almost anywhere, we see a great market with the FW2010 for infrastructure backhaul applications. This is truly a game-changer for the FWA market.”