Qualcomm Chips in on Last Mile Connectivity

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Broadband services are rolling out across the nation, but even with 5G just an arm’s length away, users still need that final handshake to complete the circle of connectivity.  Bakersfield.com reports that Qualcomm is stepping up to provide that service to new technology providers, leaving cable companies out of the loop.  

The growing interest in home broadband has caught the attention of numerous California businesses, including Netgear, Inseego, LG, Linksys, Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, and ZTE. Beginning in 2020, Qualcomm will use, “fixed wireless broadband” modem chips and radio frequency filters, amplifiers and antenna modules to bring broadband into the home.

 Verizon’s Home 5G product addresses similar services in areas where it is available.  

Qualcomm announced technological improvements last month that will allow millimeter wave to travel up to a mile from a cell tower in unobstructed rural neighborhoods. While mid-range bands tagged for 5G are relatively sturdy, they don’t deliver as fast as millimeter waves which degrade quickly and can be blocked by trees and even rain. The upgraded antenna, according to Qualcomm, can read millimeter wave signals about two-thirds of a mile from the tower In a leafy suburban setting.

“The widespread adoption of our modem-to-antenna solution translates into enhanced fixed broadband services and additional opportunities to utilize 5G network infrastructure for broad coverage in urban, suburban and rural environments,” said Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon.  

October 16, 2019

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