TIM, Ericsson and Qualcomm set world record using 5G mmWave

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TIM, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies have set a new world record for high-speed broadband long-distance speed with 5G technology applied to Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).

The three achieved a speed of 1Gbps on 26GHz millimetre-wave (mmWave) frequencies, at a distance of 6.5km from the site on TIM’s network.

This record forms a use case of 5G millimetre-wave spectrum, for both high-density urban areas but also for wider 5G FWA coverage.

Building on the success of TIM’s previously achieved 4Gbps in downlink on a live 5G network with millimetre-wave in September, this milestone lays the foundation for TIM to give its customers enhanced ultrabroadband connections.

Also, by leveraging these new 5G Fixed Wireless Access solutions, called Fiber-to-air, it can offer increasingly widespread and efficient broadband coverage across Italy.

The new solution, tested on a live network, used the new Ericsson 5G mmWave high power antenna-integrated radio AIR 5322, installed at the mobile site on Via Oriolo Romano in Rome, equipped with Ericsson’s extended range software.

To achieve this record, a next-generation 5G device was used consisting of Casa Systems’ new AurusAI, the industry’s first high-power 5G mmWave customer premise equipment (CPE), and equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System with Qualcomm QTM527 extended-range mmWave antenna module.

The new solution will shortly be tested in the town of Front, in the Canavese area of the province of Turin. This is an area not yet reached by connectivity solutions or where a 5G millimetre-wave site has been developed with a high-capacity radio link connection, to allow selected users to try out the FWA 5G mmWave multi-gigabit speeds.

In the near future, additional industrial districts will be identified where business customers will be able to trial the new technology.