Millimeter Wave and Sub-6 5G: The Fundamentals of 5G Antennas
5G is here and ready to enable multi-gigabit speeds and ultralow 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 Internet of Things (IoT) technology, this means instant and reliable machine-type communication (MTC) across all industries, supporting a broad range of new and existing applications.
Millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum – bands between 30 GHz and 300 GHz – will be definitive for 5G networks to support 5G’s dense and high-speed solutions. 5G deploys massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antennas, multiplying the number of available network connections by 20 or more. Massive MIMO in 5G means antenna arrays may reach hundreds of elements in mmWave bands. 5G also allows new mmWave spectrum resources to combine and leverage broader spectrum amounts 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 down to 600 MHz (0.6 GHz) – will also be a significant part of the 5G landscape. Sub-6 spectrum is currently being globally re-farmed from 3G and 2G as these networks enter sunset. LTE bands will continue co-existing in this range with 5G for the foreseeable future. Sub-6 frequencies travel farther and through more obstacles than mmWave, making them ideal for wide-area coverage. Sub-6 GHz is crucial to rapidly roll out 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 regulations and guidelines for their use
- The antenna considerations for sub-6 GHz operation in Class 3 power mode (23 dBm)
- The dos and don’ts of cellular/GNSS antenna sharing across L1 and L5 bands
- What you need to know about sub-6 MIMO across the 5G spectrum