Qualcomm announced on its website on Tuesday 8 the breaking of a world record: that of mobile internet signal range 5G. The brand was hit in the USA, in a project developed in conjunction with Nokia and UScellular. In the evaluation, the signal reached more than 10 km away through the 5G technology of extended range millimeter wave (mmWave), in a commercial network.
Field testing involved the use of Nokia AirScale Baseband radios and 28 GHz (n261) mmWave band on a commercial network of UScellular operator in the city of Grand Island, Nebraska. During the measurements, different locations and scenarios were tested, recording distances, yield and latency.
During the evaluation, in addition to obtaining a range of approximately 10 km, the companies were able to get an average speed of 1 Gbps on the download and approximately 57 Mbps on the upload. Even at a distance of more than 11 km from the antenna, a download speed of 750 Mbps was reached.
Prospects for the Nokia / Qualcomm / UScellular partnership
According to Qualcomm, the result paves the way for the expansion of Nokia’s extended-range 5G service to hard-to-reach areas, both rural and suburban and urban. The use of Qualcomm Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Platform gen 1 technology allows mobile operators such as UScellular to bridge the connectivity gap between these unassisted internet communities.
Fixed wireless access (FWA) has proven to be a promising solution for providing fast, cost-effective broadband speeds and low latency in remote locations. UScellular VP Mike Irizarry stressed the importance of providing a fast and reliable wireless service that keeps users connected,”regardless of where they live or work.”