Qualcomm, Facebook To Bring High-Speed Internet Connectivity Over 60GHz To Urban Areas

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Qualcomm and Facebook announced they are working together to deliver high-speed internet connectivity in urban areas, using 60Ghz technology from Qualcomm. Working with leading operators and manufacturers, this terrestrial connectivity system aims to improve the speed, efficiency and quality of internet connectivity around the world at only a fraction of the cost of fiber deployments.

According to the announcement, the collaboration would leverage Facebook’s Terragraph technology and Qualcomm’s CA6438 and QCA6428 family of pre-802.11ay chipsets, which operate in the millimeter wave wireless band.

This effort will help enable manufacturers to build 60GHz mmWave solutions using the unlicensed 60GHz spectrum and provide Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to offer consumers in urban areas access to high-speed broadband connections.

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Qualcomm said it has also introduced enhancements such as TDMA-based protocols, time synchronized nodes, channel bonding and massive antenna array systems to Terragraph to cope with coverage problems such as large obstacles in dense urban environments.

The company notes these improvements should also reduce costs and time to market.

“Our collaboration with Facebook will bring advanced 11ad and pre-11ay technologies to market increasing broadband penetration and enabling operators to reduce their capex for last mile access” said Irvind Ghai, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Terragraph cloud controller and TDMA architecture coupled with Qualcomm Technologies solution’s 10 Gbps link rate, low power consumption and early interference mitigation techniques will help make gigabit connectivity a reality.”

“We’re excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies to advance the adoption of pre-802.11ay and 802.11ad 60GHz technologies and build a robust ecosystem of interoperable solutions based on Terragraph,” said Yael Maguire, vice president of connectivity, Facebook. “With Terragraph, our goal is to enable people living in urban areas to access high-quality connectivity that can help create new opportunities and strengthen communities.”

Terragraph

Terragraph is a 60 GHz, multi-node wireless system focused on bringing high-speed internet connectivity to dense urban areas. Utilizing commercial off-the-shelf components and leveraging the cloud for intensive data processing, the Terragraph system is optimized for high-volume, low-cost production.

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