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TIM, Ericsson and Qualcomm set record for long-distance speed with 5G mmWave

In an industry first, the partners have reached speeds of 1 Gbps over a 6.5 km distance from the radio antenna. 

Dec 04, 2020

TIM, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. have reached record speeds for ultrabroadband long-distance with 5G technology applied to Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). A speed of 1 Gbps on 26 GHz millimetre-wave (mmWave) frequencies, at a distance of 6.5 kilometres from the site (1Gbps with UDP protocol, 700Mbps Speedtest Ookla TCP) has been reached on TIM’s live network.

This record confirms the usability of 5G millimetre-wave spectrum, not only for urban, high speed or high-density-only deployment, but also for wider 5G FWA coverage. It builds on the successes previously achieved with millimetre-wave in September when the TIM network connection stably exceeded a speed of 4 Gigabits per second in downlink on a live 5G network.

The milestone paves the way to provide TIM customers with enhanced ultrabroadband connections, especially in those areas not yet covered by fibreoptics. It also ensures through these new 5G Fixed Wireless Access solutions, called ‘Fiber-To-The-Air’, an increasingly widespread and efficient broadband coverage to the entire country.

Read the full announcement here