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5G mmWave shows promise of addressing connectivity challenges

UScellular, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Ericsson and Inseego have successfully achieved a 5G extended-range milestone over millimeter Wave (mmWave) on a commercial network. With its massive capacity, 5G mmWave can meet the increasing traffic demand and expand broadband services to help bridge the digital divide throughout rural, suburban and urban communities.

This milestone was accomplished at a distance of 7 km, the furthest 5G mmWave Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) connection in the United States, with sustained average downlink speeds of ~1 Gbps, sustained average uplink speeds of ~55 Mbps and instantaneous peak downlink speeds recorded at greater than 2 Gbps. Additionally, at a distance of 1.75 km with no line of sight, the companies achieved sustained average downlink speeds of ~730 Mbps and sustained average uplink speeds of ~38 Mbps. 

These results were achieved in Janesville, Wisconsin, on UScellular’s commercial network by applying Ericsson’s extended-range functionality to Ericsson commercial hardware Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) 5322 advanced antenna system, along with an Inseego Wavemaker™ 5G outdoor CPE FW2010. It was powered by the Qualcomm® 5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform gen 1, featuring Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55 5G Modem-RF System and a Qualcomm® QTM527 mmWave antenna module. 

5G FWA can address connectivity challenges to homes and institutions such as schools, libraries, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. FWA can provide the bandwidth required to support high-definition video streaming that can improve remote education and healthcare experiences in suburban and rural environments.

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