A global survey by Cambium Networks on service providers of the opportunities offered by 60 GHz WiFi solutions has found a high interest among suppliers.

Expected result, given the multi-gigabit speeds and the higher density offered by 60 GHz technology.

High-speed Internet access is now as important as access to electricity and 60 GHz technology is designed to offer a fibre-like throughput at a fraction of the cost.

According to Dino Bekis, Vice President and General Manager of Mobile and Compute Connectivity by Qualcomm Technologies It can make available to an increasing number of people worldwide a convenient, high-speed and low latency Internet access.

60 GHz, the application areas

Service providers indicate that the main area of use of 60 GHz technology will be business.

When asked about which specific applications are most interesting, 57% of operators indicated multi-gigabit wireless point-point connections from one building to another. The next most interesting applications are residential connectivity with 46% and backhaul Wi-Fi with 30%.

The most attractive areas in relation to the growth of turnover for 48% of respondents will be urban environments, where the population generates a significant demand for capacity. Then, with 43% of the votes, there are small communities, which are currently underserved. Industrial applications, relative to the demand for business connectivity and IoT, have reached 38% of the consensus.

But 95% of service providers say that planning tools are crucial: network planning is vital for service reliability. Planning and design tools greatly improve network performance while reducing the initial time and costs for qualified technical staff.

Cambium Networks plans to release several products at 60 GHz starting this summer. The multi-gigabit wireless connectivity technology ecosystem of Cambium Networks includes backhaul, distribution and access solutions, all managed in the cloud by a single control panel.

To offer the best possible quality at 60 GHz, the design architecture of Cambium will use the 802.11ay standard to ensure greater capacity, better channel access, effective mesh support and more connected subscriber units.

Terragraph technology, developed by Facebook Connectivity, has also been incorporated to better support mesh implementations, lowering the costs and complexity of network deployment.

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