The mmWave Group will define and advance 60GHz wireless networking solutions to address the growing demand for bandwidth in dense, highly-populated cities by delivering gigabits of capacity more quickly, easily and cost-effectively compared to deploying fiber.
The engineering effort will focus on creating a low-cost hardware design complemented with an innovative suite of software tools and best practices to help service providers and municipalities streamline and maximize mmWave deployments.
This effort is currently focused on the four following tracks:
- Cost economics modeling: the group will create a template that operators can populate with their specific deployment characteristics and goals to determine if the chief benefit of the deployment will be revenue generation or cost savings.
- Validation: the group will develop a suite of test and simulation tools to help carriers validate the performance and capabilities of 60GHz networking for metro applications.
- Network planning: this collection of tools will be optimized for the specific requirements of 60GHz networking so service providers can accurately model their deployments for optimal coverage while minimizing the amount of equipment to be installed.
- Best practices: this set of guidelines and recommendations will help municipalities foster 60GHz deployments. These will included details on obtaining spectrum covering permits and rules for attaching notes to utility poles, street lights, traffic signal poles and other street furniture.
Each of the four tracks will support the following 60GHz uses cases the mmWave Project Group is initially focused on:
- Fixed wireless access: delivering gigabit data rates to homes, offices, apartments and other buildings
- Mobile backhaul: supporting wide-scale deployments of small cells and Wi-Fi access points for better and more reliable mobile experiences
- Smart city applications: enabling blanket wireless coverage to support smart city devices