Speeds of 1 Gbps Achieved Using 5G Technology in License Free 60 GHz Band

Sivers IMA, in a partnership with Blu Wireless, has demonstrated speeds of over 1 Gbps over a distance exceeding 700 meters using their combined unlicensed 5G Technology in the license free 60 GHz band. This industry-leading performance can be an important differentiator for equipment vendors and was achieved by integrating the award-winning RF technology from Sivers IMA with the leading-edge baseband technology from Blu Wireless.

Data-dependent industry applications which had previously been perceived as technically impossible can now be leveraged. This will enable network operators and service providers to innovate within their markets with 5G, taking full advantage of the unlicensed band. They are breaking new ground by using the latest spectrum released in the USA and UK and can now offer gigabit traffic with long reach alongside partners Blu Wireless. This is a fantastic achievement by the technical teams and opens up opportunities for many new applications and use cases for this type of the technology.

The combined solution of the Sivers IMA TRX BF01 Transceiver RFIC and the HYDRA baseband platform from Blu Wireless provide the first and only unlicensed 5G solution to offer full coverage of the 57 – 71 GHz band. This allows network operators and other service providers to fully exploit the license-free band. The industry-leading performance translates into industry-leading system performance and an important differentiator for equipment vendors.

The 51 -71 GHz Band:

The 60 GHz band (57 – 64 GHz) has long been recognized as ideal for dense urban data networks because of its large capacity combined with its excellent spectrum reuse due to oxygen absorption. The use of phased array antenna technology enables novel mesh network architectures and significantly reduces the size and cost of equipment compared to conventional fixed antenna technology, but it has also been known to reduce range for some applications.

With the addition of the 64 – 71 GHz license free spectrum and the unique joint technology it is now possible to reach much longer also with the phased array antenna technology. This will open up for new ways of using unlicensed 5G technologies, not only for longer links used for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), but also for the transportation sector and other verticals.

Sivers IMA and Blu Wireless are running live demonstrations in Hall 5 at Stand 5E81 at the Mobile World Congress between February 25th– 28th, 2019.

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