As announced, Fastweb is taking advantage of the flexibility of 5G Fixed Wireless Access technology combined with the performance, capacity and cost-effectiveness of 5G mmWave, to provide broadband connections to about 12 million homes with speeds of up to 1 Gbps, having the aim of closing the digital divide in disadvantaged areas of Italy.
“We are very satisfied with the collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies which has allowed us to find the best technological solution to offer our service. With the launch of our Ultra FWA connections we bring connectivity up to 1 Giga even in those areas that until now were not covered by ultrabroadband connections,” said Andrea Lasagna, chief technology officer of Fastweb.
According to Fastweb, the Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) devices designed using Snapdragon X55 Modem-RF allows households connect wirelessly to nearby cell towers by mounting the devices on the roof or side of a house to provide broadband service in-home.
“Today marks an exciting advancement for the 5G ecosystem across Europe, as Fixed Wireless Access devices powered by the Snapdragon Modem-RF Systems will harness the potential of mmWave for Italy,” said Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president and president, Europe/MEA, Qualcomm Europe, Inc.
“Qualcomm Technologies and industry leaders are at the heart of the 5G deployments being rolled out across Europe and this is the first 5G commercial mmWave deployment in the region. This new standard of connectivity will enable exciting new user experiences that will fundamentally enrich how we live our lives.”
Fastweb claims the solution was a result of a two-year intensive work with Qualcomm Technologies performing network testing. Furthermore, Fastweb is commercially launching its 5G FWA service over mmWave in 50 cities in Italy expecting 500 more cities in 2021.