Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced new upgraded features and capabilities to the Qualcomm 5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform Gen 2, which was announced in February 2021. Upgrades designed to include support for standalone 5G mmWave, as well as the all-new Qualcomm 5G RF Sensing Suite. The two new key features will help proliferate adoption and deployment of FWA and further demonstrate how Qualcomm Technologies continues to lead the industry in global adoption of 5G mmWave:

• Support for standalone 5G mmWave is a transformative feature that will offer vast flexibility to service operators and will enable operators to utilize the abundant mmWave resources to provide gigabit wireless fiber speeds and low latency services to their subscriber base. The use of mmWave standalone significantly lowers the barrier to entry and reduces cost for new greenfield 5G mmWave deployments by operators and service provides.

• The Qualcomm 5G RF Sensing Suite enables high performance mmWave deployments across indoor scenarios and supports the enablement of self-installed CPEs. Through integrated frequency modulated continuous wave radar in the Qualcomm® QTM547 antenna module, the Qualcomm 5G RF Sensing Suite enables CPEs to constantly monitor surrounding environments and adjust transmit power to optimize usable range and device power consumption.

Qualcomm Technologies has established itself as a premium provider of FWA solutions. The successful adoption of the Qualcomm 5G Fixed Wireless Access Platforms and growing demand for FWA technologies is attributable to the efficiencies and cost reductions they bring from installation to deployment. 5G FWA networks eliminate the need for fiber, potentially delivering enormous cost savings. According to recent analysis by GSMA Intelligence, in rural scenarios, savings can be up to 55 percent in Europe, 45 percent  in the U.S., and 65 percent in Latin America. In suburban scenarios, savings can potentially be seen at up to 30 percent in Europe and the U.S., and 45 percent in Latin America.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the need for affordable and reliable connectivity, the demand for 5G FWA increased dramatically, with the market growing at CAGR of almost 88 percent,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 5G, mobile broadband and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “5G, including mmWave, is a universal last-mile technology. We are proud to support operators and OEMs worldwide to solve critical challenges including closing the stark digital divide with the roll-out of next-generation 5G networks.” To date, more than 40 OEMs with over 125 FWA designs announced or in development are using Qualcomm 5G Fixed Wireless Access Platforms.

Solutions such as this, powered by our one technology roadmap including foundational 5G technologies, further positions Qualcomm Technologies as the edge partner of choice for the cloud economy. Qualcomm Technologies makes an intelligently connected world possible.