Italy’s Telecom Italia (TIM), Ericsson and Qualcomm labored collectively to make use of 5G expertise on a hard and fast wi-fi entry (FWA) deployment to get a pace of 1 Gbps on the downlink and 700 Mbps on the uplink. The demonstration befell in Rome on 26 GHz millimeter wave spectrum at a distance of 6.5 kilometers between the 5G mmWave machine and the bottom station.

The demonstration, examined on a reside community, used an Ericsson 5G mmWave excessive energy antenna-integrated radio, outfitted with Ericsson software program. The companions additionally used Casa Methods’ new AurusAI, a 5G mmWave buyer premise gear (CPE) outfitted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System.

The businesses say the demonstration confirms the usability of mmWave spectrum, not just for city, high-density cell deployments, but in addition for 5G FWA protection.

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For TIM, the demonstration paves the way in which for it to offer prospects with 5G FWA, particularly in areas not but coated by fiber.

The companions plan to conduct an analogous take a look at within the rural city of Entrance, Italy, the place they’ve outfitted a 5G mmWave website with a high-capacity radio hyperlink connection to permit chosen customers to check out the 5G FWA setup.

TIM additionally plans to determine industrial districts the place enterprise prospects will be capable of attempt the brand new expertise. 

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In the US, FWA has been choosing up steam. Verizon and T-Cellular are selling FWA for each LTE and 5G. The expertise holds a variety of promise for closing the digital divide, a subject that has turn into ever extra urgent in 2020, because of the pandemic and the necessity for nationwide broadband protection.

TIM, Qualcomm and Ericsson have labored collectively earlier than. In January they conducted a 5G mobile test on TIM’s 26 GHz mmWave spectrum, the place they achieved greater than 2 Gbps. This take a look at was not associated to FWA. In that demonstration TIM used an Askey CPE powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G Modem-RF System.