Corning and Qualcomm collaborate on 5G mmWave in-building coverage solution

Corning and Qualcomm are to collaborate on the development of 5G mmWave in-building coverage solutions for enterprises and public venues.

These 5G systems are designed to combine Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G and mmWave technology leadership with Corning’s industry-proven small cell expertise, derived from its acquisition of small cell vendor SpiderCloud in 2017, to deliver affordable and easy-to-install 5G-ready networks indoors.

The resulting Corning systems are expected to be among the first that are designed to deliver 5G–NR capability over mmWave spectrum in the indoor segment that includes enterprises such as offices, university campuses, hospitals, hotels, shopping centres, and more. The 5G systems will leverage Corning’s virtualised RAN architecture to manage the attached mmWave small cells.

By utilising the Qualcomm FSM100xx 5G RAN platform, Corning believes it has access to leading-edge mmWave capabilities which are designed to facilitate small, powerful and power-efficient mmWave infrastructure for cost-effective and scalable indoor deployments.

This working relationship is expected to enable Corning to implement new functionality around concurrent beamforming, advanced scheduling, and other features necessary to support the unique characteristics of indoor environments. When combined with Corning’s LTE based Enterprise RAN (E-RAN) small cell systems based on the Qualcomm FSM99xx 4G RAN platform, mobile operators are expected to rapidly deploy 5G-NSA services.

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