TeraGo starts 5G fixed wireless technical trials

TeraGo starts 5G fixed wireless technical trials

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Initial 5G fixed wireless testing will be in the 38 GHz frequency band using Innovation, Science and Economic Development (“ISED”) approved and issued developmental licences. TeraGo will also be utilizing Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) from Askey Computer Corp., in support of these initial trials, which are expected to be carried out over the next several weeks. Due to the impact of the recent COVID-19 event, customer trials are planned to begin in the second half of 2020.

“We are seeing the continued evolution of 5G network technology, which is expected to deliver significantly enhanced performance,” said Tony Ciciretto, President and CEO of TeraGo.

“Interoperability testing of network and CPE equipment in real world environments is a critical step in enabling this transition. In Canada, TeraGo is uniquely positioned to be one of the first operators to launch commercial 5G fixed wireless services as the largest holder of millimetre wave spectrum in the largest urban markets. The ultra-high bandwidth and low latency capabilities offered by 5G will allow us to deliver new innovative communications solutions to our customers, improve the efficiency of our network, and open new market opportunities for the company.”

Robert Lin, Askey CEO, commented: “By collaborating with 5G vertical market partners, we are at the forefront of 5G mmWave CPE development serving primarily North America, among other global markets.”

TeraGo’s fixed wireless spectrum assets include 14 of 20 licenses issued in the 24 GHz band and 25 of 27 licenses issued in the 38 GHz band, covering 2,210 MHz in Canada’s six largest cities. The company’s national fixed wireless network is supported by a redundant fibre optic backbone with approximately 600 rooftops across Canada. TeraGo is currently investing to enhance its network to bring the benefits of 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) to businesses including enhanced speed, throughput, low latency, and fibre like reliability.

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