Nokia, Qualcomm Technologies and US Cellular have announced that they have achieved a world record extended range over mmWave of more than 10 kilometers using Nokia’s 5G extended-range millimeter-wave (mmWave) solution on a commercial network. According to Nokia, the milestone the record represents paves the way to bring extended-range 5G service with massive capacity and low latency to even more regions across the United States, including rural areas.
The field trial, which used Nokia’s AirScale Baseband and mmWave radios in the 28 GHz (n261) band, was conducted on US Cellular’s commercial network in Grand Island, Nebraska. The companies jointly tested multiple locations with different scenarios, measuring distance, throughput and latency.
This milestone was achieved at a world record distance of ~10km with average downlink speeds of ~1 Gbps and uplink speeds reaching approximately 57Mbps. Additionally, ~750 Mbps downlink speed was recorded at a distance of >11km.
5G mmWave is being developed to help close the digital divide and offers extreme capacity throughout rural, suburban, and urban areas. This milestone shows that Nokia’s 5G extended-range mmWave solution and the Qualcomm fixed wireless access platform gen 1 enables mobile operators such as US Cellular to address the connectivity gap in communities that previously were not serviced or may not have an adequate internet connection.
Fixed wireless access (FWA) delivers fast broadband speeds on a cost-effective basis, thereby providing last-mile access, especially in rural areas, providing much-needed connectivity to schools, hospitals and other anchor institutions.
Nokia’s mmWave portfolio is composed of compact, multiband, high-power and medium-power solutions, offering a wide range of deployment options and providing flexibility in ensuring service continuity across a variety of environments.
Nokia and US Cellular have agreed to add 5G mmWave capabilities in the 24 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum bands with US Cellular deploying Nokia’s AirScale portfolio, with cloud RAN capabilities, to provide enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) 5G mmWave.
Juho Sarvikas, a Qualcomm vice president and president of its North America region, said, “This successful collaboration represents another significant milestone for 5G mmWave aiming to close the connectivity divide and expand broadband services to rural, suburban and urban communities. Qualcomm Technologies is at the forefront of driving the next generation of wireless connectivity, and with this milestone we are empowering operators and OEMs to offer cost-efficient, high-performance, extended-range multigigabit 5G broadband connectivity to consumers.”
Mike Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer, UScellular, said: “These latest trial results reinforce the important role that fast, reliable wireless service plays in keeping people connected no matter where they live or work. With 5G mmWave technology from companies like Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, we can provide our customers with the leading-edge capabilities of high performance, ultra-low latency 5G and offer an even wider range of communications services to enhance their wireless experience.”
Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks, Nokia, said: “These results demonstrate what 5G mmWave will bring to consumers, enterprises and industries. By extending the distance for 5G mmWave technology without sacrificing speed or latency, we will deliver an incredible 5G experience to even more areas. We are proud to work with our partners on this important and significant achievement. This is another milestone in the development of 5G services and demonstrates the capacity of our commercially deployed 5G solutions.”