China Mobile Claims First 3GPP Standard 5G CPE

BARCELONA -- MWC 2018 -- China Mobile is showing off what it calls the "world's first 5G CPE based on 3GPP standard" here at Mobile World Congress.

Made by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd , the customer premises equipment (CPE) box -- made for fixed wireless -- runs on the preferred Chinese 3.5GHz 5G band. This means it could be potentially used in Japan and parts of Europe too.

The CPE is set up with a 2 transmit, 4 receive (2T4R) antenna array. Top data download speeds of 1.5 Gbit/s are claimed.

Samsung Corp. already has a 5G CPE for fixed use, which will be deployed by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) later this year. This unit, however, uses Verizon's own 5GTF spec.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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