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Arqiva initiates fixed wireless trials as it boosts 5G spectrum and sites

Having acquired 28 GHz spectrum licences in London last month, UK towerco Arqiva is wasting no time in announcing field trials, tapping into rising interest in millimeter wave frequencies to support fixed wireless access (FWA). It will work with Samsung on the London trial, which will use the vendor’s pre-standard 5G equipment to test two-way links able to deliver gigabit downlink speeds over several hundred meters to home or small business routers. The trial is set to run for four months and Arqiva – which is up for sale – aims to prove the stability of the fixed wireless technology as a viable alternative solution to fiber or souped-up DSL. Another UK supporter of FWA, Relish, was recently sold, along…

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