News | September 6, 2019

Qualcomm Announces World's First Fully Integrated Extended-Range mmWave Solution For 5G Fixed Wireless Access

  • New Qualcomm QTM527 mmWave Antenna Module Expands the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System to Enable Mobile Carriers and OEMs with Extended-Range Multi-Gigabit 5G Broadband for Homes and Businesses
  • 5G Fixed Wireless Access Expected to Revolutionize the Broadband Industry as a Portable, Plug-and-Play Replacement to Cable and Fiber

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, recently introduced the Qualcomm QTM527 mmWave antenna module for the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System, delivering the world’s first fully integrated extended-range mmWave solution for 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) – allowing mobile operators to offer fixed internet broadband services to homes and businesses using their 5G network infrastructure.

The Qualcomm QTM527 mmWave antenna module expands the capabilities of the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System to deliver a comprehensive modem-to-antenna platform for flexible, cost-effective, high performance 5G mmWave customer-premises equipment (CPE) designs. By building on its existing 5G mmWave technology leadership with a high-power CPE solution for Power Class 1 devices, Qualcomm Technologies is enabling mobile carriers and OEMs to accelerate the expansion of high-speed internet access to underserved suburban and rural communities, as well as dense urban environments, with a plug-and-play, multi-gigabit alternative to cable and fiber.

“Our comprehensive Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System architecture and mmWave innovation drives best in class 5G performance and scale. With this new extended-range solution, we deliver yet another major mmWave breakthrough and allow operators to provide enhanced fixed broadband services with broad coverage in urban, suburban and rural environments,” said Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated. “OEMs will be able to quickly develop portable customer-premise equipment at scale, which operators can use to deliver fiber-like internet connectivity and performance for homes and businesses. This innovation is yet another example of 5G’s potential to transform industries beyond the smartphone, just like we’re seeing in transportation, AR and VR, industrial manufacturing and more.”

5G fixed wireless access CPEs can be deployed on a roof or in a window to receive a 5G signal – skipping the “last mile” fiber deployment typically needed for in-home broadband. As the world’s first high-power mmWave antenna module for 5G FWA, the QTM527 mmWave antenna module offers fiber-equivalent performance at extended range, enabling carriers and OEMs to deliver 5G’s multi-gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency to a wider customer base within a large coverage footprint.

The Qualcomm QTM527 mmWave antenna module builds on prior mmWave technology breakthroughs to extend 5G beyond the smartphone. The QTM527 mmWave antenna module, introduced into the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System, supports up to 64 dual polarization antenna elements for optimal and extended mmWave range. This full system solution includes the latest mmWave technology, including beam forming, beam steering and beam tracking for bi-directional communication, along with global band support for compatibility in every major region around the world. The Qualcomm QTM527 mmWave module is sampling to customers and the first high-power mmWave CPE devices are expected to arrive in the first half of 2020. For more details visit the Qualcomm QTM527 mmWave antenna module product page.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes and communicates. When we connected the phone to the Internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our inventions are the foundation for life-changing products, experiences, and industries. As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this next big change in cellular technology spurring a new era of intelligent, connected devices and enabling new opportunities in connected cars, remote delivery of health care services, and the IoT — including smart cities, smart homes, and wearables. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of our engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of our products and services businesses, including the QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit

Source: Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.