What is 5G mmWave and What Are the Current Trends Surrounding the New Mobile Technology?

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By Fei Liu | 3Q 2021 | IN-6223


What Is 5G mmWave?


5G Millimeter wave (mmWave) refers to a radio spectrum that ranges between 30 GHz and 300 GHz – which are frequencies previously not utilized outside military and aerospace use cases. As more and more people use connected devices and organizations deploy more Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, traditional radio frequencies (usually between 3 GHz and 6 GHz) have gotten too congested. The benefit of 5G mmWave technology is that by migrating to less crowded spectrums, enterprises are provided with a huge upgrade to their networks in terms of speed and reliability. In data-intense use cases - such as Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs), fleet management, and metaverse workplace collaboration – 5G mmWave is destined to be the go-to solution. Great potential also exists with Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), wireless backhauling, video surveillance, private indoor networks, and crowded venues.

Currently, there are 140 operators across the globe that have invested in 5G mmWave – in the form of trials, license acquisition, deployment plans, and commercial launches. Outside the United Sta…

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