Fibocom Wireless Modules Enabling Growth of 5G Fixed Wireless Access Technology

In today's world, devices have become an extension of our daily lives and we rely on them to do almost everything. The global pandemic has shown us how important dependable internet connectivity and speeds are. Doing zoom calls for school, video conference for work, and streaming videos for entertainment, the need for quality connectivity as well as speed is a must. During this global epidemic, 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) has played a vital role, supporting online shopping, distance learning and telecommuting, and thus becoming an important technology that is supporting our society.

5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is an ideal solution to bring broadband connections to sub-urban and rural areas, and at the same time provide different levels of broadband services suitable for the region, eliminating the hassle and cost of fixed line installation. Compared to wired access technology, 5G FWA does not require laying fiber or cables to provide last mile connectivity. Featuring New Radio (NR) in the millimeter wavelength (mmWave), 5G FWA can provide a competitive alternative to fixed-line DSL, Cable and fiber across all markets, and the delay can be as low as 1ms. This provides the means by which suburban and rural consumers can receive the bandwidth required to support high definition streaming services and high speed Internet access.

5G FWA can achieve Gbps downlink bandwidth and provide a fiber-like experience while allowing relatively low deployment costs and the potential for self-configuration. With the significant improvement in network performance, the next generation of 5G-based fixed wireless technology is expected to become a truly competitive technology compared to fiber optic connectivity, while retaining the convenience and cost advantages of FWA. 

Fibocom 5G FWA Solution

Fibocom 5G Wireless Modules support 5G FWA services and are able to bring a more affordable broadband alternative to areas with limited DSL, cable or fiber services and help consumers and businesses in less developed areas to access the high-speed wireless networks. With the huge capacity, high throughput and low latency features of 5G technology, as well as its much lower cost, 5G FWA has become a more feasible and attractive proposition for network operators to deliver ultra-high-speed broadband in less developed regions, which helps narrowing the digital divide.

Fibocom’s FG150 / FM150 / FG360 modules are designed to offer faster transmission speed, better-carrying capacity, and lower network latency. Supporting 5G standalone network (SA) and non-standalone network (NSA) architectures, Fibocom 5G wireless module supports the Sub-6GHz and mmwave bands, and is compatible with 5G NR, LTE and WCDMA standards, which eliminates customers' investment concerns at the initial stage of 5G construction and responds to the commercial demand for rapid landing. Besides, Fibocom 5G module comes with a rich set of interfaces including USB3.1 (3.0), USB2.0, PCIe3.0 (2.0), SPI, SDIO, GPIO, UART, etc., certified by various regional operators, industry associations and local regulation, satisfying different deployment requirements for customers worldwide.

Fibocom’s 5G modules have already been used in various scenarios like 4K/8K HD live streaming, cloud office, Industry IoT, C-V2X, smart grid, smart security and other innovative applications, such as 5G mobile network PC, 5G HD video communication terminals, 5G electric power terminals, 5G connected devices and systems (wireless gateways, routers, CPE, SD-WAN), 5G smart dressing mirrors, 5G drones, 5G robots, 5G AR/VR, 5G cloud gaming terminals, 5G HD digital signage, and more.

According to a report from International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in 2019, nearly half of the world's population is still not connected to the Internet, and many lack reliable internet service. Besides, the cost and complexity of deploying fixed broadband challenged the roll-out of reliable and affordable internet connectivity, while the download speed and latency of FWA based on 4G/LTE technology cannot compete with fiber-optic broadband connections.