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Qualcomm, Aquatia Ally to Enable 5G Fixed Wireless Access Equipment

Qualcomm Technologies and Aquantia are working closely to support the design and optimization of next-gen 5G NR fixed wireless access broadband equipment for high-speed Internet delivery to the customer premises.


The customer premises equipment (CPE) platform will comprise of the Aquantia AQtion Multi-Gig Ethernet Controllers AQC107 (10GbE) and AQC111C (5GbE), which can be used in conjunction with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem available from Qualcomm Technologies.

The company further stated that the use of their 5G connectivity platform with Aquantia’s Multi-Gig wired backhaul in the connected home and enterprises can help support the growth of connected devices and provide the unsurpassed user experience.

“For more than 30 years, Qualcomm has provided foundational wireless technologies that help to transform industries. We are continuing that legacy by providing a robust platform designed to support seamless 5G connectivity in the connected home and enterprises, powered by our second generation Snapdragon X55 5G modem with support for both mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum bands,” said Gautam Sheoran, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

By creating a wireless service model using 5G NR technology, this CPE platform provides an optional method to deliver Multi-Gig Internet service to consumers. The CPE platform also offers a cost-effective and efficient way to deliver improved Internet service in areas where laying new cables or fiber deployment is not practical. The delivery of 5G connectivity into the home, through the AQC107 and AQC111C, will enable Internet-connected devices in the home to access rich media applications at lightning-fast speeds.

The CPE platform specifically addresses the following concerns:

  • The rise in demand for reliable and ultra-low latency connectivity services
  • The rapid increase in the development of connected IoT devices
  • The continuous increase in data traffic

“Use of the Snapdragon X55 5G modem with Aquantia’s Multi-Gig wired backhaul has the potential to create new business models beyond what has traditionally been offered by Internet service providers. More importantly, it can also spur the delivery of rich content services such as ultra-high definition video streaming, cloud gaming, and virtual reality. Aquantia is very pleased to work with Qualcomm Technologies on this new class of service provider access device,” said LK Bhupathi, Vice President of Marketing at Aquantia.

Deployment in the United States is slated for the first half of 2020 and Aquantia has supplied samples of the reference design to early customers.


Jyoti Gazmer

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