U.S. Cellular has successfully achieved the first extended range 5G NR millimeter Wave (mmWave) data call in the US on a commercial network.
The extended-range data call milestone was completed in Janesville, Wisconsin, over a more than 5 Km distance with speeds greater than 100 Mbps. This achievement redefines the perception of 5G mmWave spectrum as an urban- or high-density-only deployment technology and offers new opportunities to use current infrastructure for broader 5G coverage.
This breakthrough gives communications service providers a cost effective way to expand their coverage and deliver 5G experience to communities that previously were not serviced or may have lacked a reliable connection. It will also open the door for new use cases, which will bring 5G benefits to homes and businesses everywhere, from urban to rural communities.
FWA provides the bandwidth required to support high definition streaming services that can improve experiences like remote education and remote healthcare in suburban and rural environments.
Mike Irizarry, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Cellular said, “It is a concrete example where U.S. Cellular is driving innovation leadership in extended range technology from Ericsson and promoting the high-power device ecosystem enabled by Qualcomm Technologies.”
Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson said, “Working with our partners, Ericsson has now demonstrated the commercial viability of long-range 5G radio capability for mmWave spectrum.”
Alejandro Holcman, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies said, “With the introduction of the Qualcomm QTM527 mmWave antenna module as part of the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System, we are empowering operators and OEMs to offer high-performance, extended-range multi-gigabit 5G broadband to their customers – which is both flexible and cost-effective, as they can leverage existing 5G network infrastructure.”
The milestone was achieved by applying extended-range software to commercial Ericsson hardware – including AIR 5121 and Baseband 6630 – and a 5G CPE device powered by the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System with the Qualcomm QTM527 mmWave antenna module.