Cambium Networks likes to say that wi-fi is the brand new fiber. And with the introduction of latest 60 GHz merchandise that includes multi-gigabit meshing capabilities, the corporate is seeking to make it simpler to deploy cost-effective, high-speed networks.

It’s an extension of Cambium’s experience in mounted wi-fi broadband, which the corporate has been doing for greater than a decade, and combines with Wi-Fi 6 merchandise that debuted over the summer. The answer makes use of Fb Connectivity’s Terragraph know-how and Qualcomm’s newest 802.11ay-compliant chips and software program.

Whereas licensed high-band millimeter wave spectrum will get consideration as carriers like Verizon use it to roll out 5G mounted providers, Cambium’s wi-fi community merchandise help the unlicensed 60 GHz band to increase Wi-Fi throughput or function wi-fi backhaul instead of wired networks.  

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The truth that 60 GHz is unlicensed is nice information, says Dino Bekis, VP and basic supervisor of Qualcomm’s Cell & Compute Connectivity enterprise, as a result of it allows extra competitors and there are already mechanisms in place for efficient sharing. One other profit Bekis known as out is that 60 GHz is essentially out there repeatedly all through a lot of the world, with out different purposes already consuming the frequencies. 

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Qualcomm debuted a household of 60 GHz Wi-Fi chipsets in 2018 and was concerned earlier this yr in advocating, alongside Fb and others, improved regulatory framework for unlicensed use within the band.

The .11 ay-compliant Qualcomm know-how in Cambium’s community merchandise helps a larger variety of channels.

In comparison with its work in decrease frequencies like 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz, and 5 GHz for mounted wi-fi – 60 GHz is “a really totally different beast,” Cambium CEO Atul Bhatnagar informed Fierce Wi-fi. The brief vary of excessive mmWave frequencies could make it more difficult, however that’s the place Cambium brings in options like meshing.

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“[60 GHz] is an outstanding spectrum and consequently we will do multi-gigabit networks and for the primary time we have now fiber-like speeds wirelessly,” he famous.

Operators can deploy a wi-fi material utilizing totally different frequencies, with simplified administration taking place collectively from the cloud. For instance, Cambium’s Wi-Fi 6 structure serves the final 300-400 meters, after which a 60 GHz-type structure a kilometer or two out.

“This mix of Wi-Fi 6 plus 60 GHz offers us a wi-fi material that begins to bridge LAN and WAN,” Bhatnagar stated. “As we offer meshing functionality on this product, that then stretches into a couple of extra kilometers.”

The power to deploy a mesh community is essential and one thing Bekis stated Cambium is on the forefront of.

A mesh community allows scalability, dense deployments and cost-effective implementation to deliver broadband to extra individuals, he famous. Along with much less specialised infrastructure and superior coaching wanted for rollouts, the brand new .11 ay-compliant merchandise can match into present networks and guarantee interoperability with future community parts. Bekis stated it lowers the danger for operators to tackle deployments and provides confidence within the potential to scale up.

In the end it might open up high-speed entry to individuals who won’t in any other case have the choice due to price obstacles for each operators and customers.

“This actually opens up the door for this extra ubiquitous potential for individuals to make the most of high-speed connectivity and web entry,” Bekis stated. 

Deployments for city, rural communities

Cambium has largely centered on connecting suburban and rural areas, however the brand new 60 GHz system is its first to focus on the city setting.

In comparison with digging trenches for fiber or requiring further truck rolls, Cambium says 60 GHz for last-kilometer connectivity or backhaul can imply decrease price of possession, decrease price of deployment and simpler implementation.

In dense city settings, Bhatnagar stated 60 GHz can present sufficient throughput, for instance, to attach quite a few cameras in a video surveillance community and backhaul correctly. Equally, 60 GHz may help an operator that’s deploying small cells in an city setting and has to navigate buildings, with meshing capabilities or enough backhaul.

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In the case of wi-fi web service suppliers (WISPs) in additional suburban or rural settings, “they’ll supply 100s of megabits per second throughput, matching wired networks in creating communities,” Bhatnagar stated.