Millimeter Wave and Sub-6 5G: The Fundamentals of 5G Antennas

5G is here and ready to enable multi-gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency for high bandwidth applications. It will revolutionize how fast data is sent and received, how much can flow at any point and under what conditions. For the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, this means instant and reliable machine communication (MTC) in all industries that supports a wide range of new and existing applications.

The millimeter wave spectrum (mmWave) – bands between 30 GHz and 300 GHz – will be decisive for 5G networks in order to support the dense and fast solutions of 5G. 5G uses massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) antennas and multiplies the number of available network connections by 20 or more. Massive MIMO in 5G means antenna arrays can reach hundreds of elements in mmWave bands. With 5G, new resources for the mmWave spectrum can also combine and use broader amounts of spectrum in mmWave bands. Applications such as healthcare wearables, drones, virtual reality, gaming, manufacturing, retail and more can benefit from mmWave 5G technology.

Sub-6 – frequencies below 6 GHz to 600 MHz (0.6 GHz) – will also be an integral part of the 5G landscape. The sub-6 spectrum is currently being re-managed worldwide by 3G and 2G as soon as these networks enter the sunset. LTE bands will continue to coexist with 5G in this area for the foreseeable future. Sub-6 frequencies travel further and through more obstacles than mmWave, making them ideal for large area coverage. Sub-6 GHz is critical to the rapid adoption of 5G for smart cities, connected healthcare and other advanced IoT applications.

In this webinar with Telit, Qualcomm and Taoglas you will learn:

  • Why there are low and high power mmWave antenna arrays for the device side and the rules and guidelines for their use
  • The antenna considerations for operating below 6 GHz in Class 3 (23 dBm) power mode
  • The pros and cons of cellular / GNSS antennas shared over L1 and L5 bands
  • What you need to know about sub-6 MIMO in the 5G spectrum

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