Qualcomm unveils development of 5G FWA equipment through 33 OEMs

5G FWA is being increasingly talked about and has gained a huge popularity lately due to its benefits over the traditionally used fixed wired broadband; low cost and higher speed. Semiconductors and telecommunications firms are increasingly investing in the business vertical anticipating its future growth.
A recent development in this field was observed when, Qualcomm Technologies, a fully owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., a renowned American multinational telecommunications and semiconductor equipment firm, reportedly announced that it is developing a 5G Fixed Wireless Access, also known as FWA, through 33 equipment vendors for use in businesses and homes.
The company made the announcement at the Qualcomm annual 5G Summit which is being conducted in Barcelona.
The announcement comes as a good news for operators who want to utilize 5G FWA as a replacement to the traditionally used cable and fiber. Qualcomm had earlier announced in February at MWC (Mobile World Congress) that it had already developed a 5G Fixed Wireless Access reference design.
The FWA essentially links the last mile from an antenna to a business or home that has been using coax-cable, twisted-pair phone lines or optical fibers traditionally.
While the concept of utilizing cellular technology for Fixed Wireless Access started with WiMAX and LTE, there is a larger interest in 5G's higher bandwidths since it can exceed or equal the traditional wired solutions.
Qualcomm's FWA platform leverages its second-generation 5G platform known as Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System. This snapdragon system comprises of the X55 modem plus RF components which support 5G non-standalone and standalone modes, FDD and TDD, as well as spectrum sharing.
Qualcomm President, Cristiano Amon stated that the widespread adoption of the company's modem-to-antenna solution further translates into improved fixed broadband services as well as additional opportunities to use 5G infrastructure for a wider coverage in suburban, urban as well as rural environments.
Amon added that due to the ease of development of the company's integrated system and also the industry movement towards plug and-play, self-installed CPE devices, Qualcomm expects that the OEMs would be capable of supporting fixed broadband deployments starting in 2020.
Moreover, consumers would get some additional broadband options which they did not have earlier. All of this is led by the 5G platform solutions of Qualcomm.
The first FWA device launch would begin in 2020.
Source credit: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tiriasresearch/2019/10/14/qualcomm-announces-33-oems-developing-5g-fixed-wireless-access-equipment/#12b359792165