5G technology is evolving quickly with successful tests of 5G mmWave now up to 3.1 mile range at > 100mbps.

On Sept 17, 2020 Ericsson, Qualcomm and U.S. Cellular achieved an extended-range 5G data call over mmWave in Janesville, Wisconsin of over 3.1miles (16.4k feet).

The extended-range data call milestone was completed in Janesville, Wisconsin, over a more than 5km distance with speeds greater than 100Mbps. This achievement redefines the perception of 5G mmWave spectrum as an urban- or high-density-only deployment technology and offers new opportunities to use current infrastructure for broader 5G coverage.

This milestone demonstrates that mmWave can help close the “connectivity divide” and expand broadband services throughout rural, suburban, and urban communities. This breakthrough gives communications service providers a cost effective way to expand their coverage and deliver 5G experience to communities that previously were not serviced or may have lacked a reliable connection.

It will also open the door for new use cases, which will bring 5G benefits to homes and businesses everywhere, from urban to rural communities. For example, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) installations can provide a cost-effective way to deliver fiber-like internet speeds wirelessly over mmWave to institutions such as schools, hospitals and town halls, and for addressing some of the “last mile” challenges in rural areas.

Read the full press release here.

First test/shorter distance in Australia

In a related article and earlier in the summer, Ericsson, Qualcomm, and Casa Systems successfully completed the world’s first extended-range 5G NR data call over mmWave in Australia on June 20, 2020. That data call reached 3.8km or 2.3miles (12k feet). 

Read the full article here.

(Note: 2 years ago, telecom companies were focused on gigabit speeds and excited about getting 1000 to 2000 feet of range per tower. )