Corning, Qualcomm Team for 5G mmWave
February 22, 2020
Corning is working with Qualcomm to develop 5G mmWave infrastructure
systems for enterprises and public venues. The 5G systems are designed
to combine Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G and mmWave technology leadership
with Corning’s industry-proven small-cell expertise to deliver
affordable and easy-to-install 5G-ready networks indoors.
The Corning systems are expected to be among the first designed to
deliver 5G–NR capability over mmWave spectrum in the indoor segment,
which includes enterprises such as offices, university campuses,
hospitals, hotels, shopping centers, and more. The 5G systems will
leverage Corning’s virtualized RAN architecture to manage the attached
mmWave small cells.
By utilizing the Qualcomm® FSM100xx 5G RAN platform, Corning has access
to leading-edge mmWave capabilities that are designed to facilitate
small, powerful, and power-efficient mmWave infrastructure for
cost-effective and scalable indoor deployments.
The working relationship is expected to enable Corning to implement new
functionality around concurrent beamforming, advanced scheduling, and
other features necessary to support the unique characteristics of indoor
environments. When combined with Corning’s LTE-based Enterprise RAN
systems based on the Qualcomm FSM99xx 4G RAN platform, mobile operators
can rapidly deploy 5G-NSA services.
“Corning has decades of experience designing, installing, and
conditioning advanced cellular networks,” said Michelle Engarto, vice
president, wireless product line management, Corning Optical
Communications. “Our experience in network design and knowledge of
varying and distinct customer requirements will benefit customers as we
navigate the complexities associated with 5G mmWave indoors. By
combining the technology leadership and experience from Corning and
Qualcomm Technologies, we aim to offer a compelling and affordable
solution for 5G mmWave systems specifically developed with the
enterprise in mind.”
and Qualcomm Technologies have a history of delivering infrastructure
innovation spanning LTE, LTE-U/LAA, CBRS, and more,” said Puneet Sethi,
senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are
now pleased to be ramping our fruitful relationship with Corning into
the 5G era. We expect this marriage of Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G mmWave
technology leadership with Corning’s industry-proven small-cell and
enterprise expertise to deliver the capacity and performance benefits of
5G mmWave indoors, via development of cost effective, powerful, and
scalable 5G mmWave infrastructure.”
Corning hardware is known for its small, elegant, low-power packages,
and the goal is for customers to receive the same with this 5G solution,
supported by Qualcomm Technologies 4G and 5G RAN offerings. Corning’s
current 4G customers are expected to enjoy the benefits of 5G via a
simple process that enables 5G-NSA service to their installations.
Details on the commercial availability of Corning’s new enterprise
platform will be provided later this year.