Inseego in the United States has released a mobile wireless LAN router compatible with the 5th generation mobile communication system (5G). It is a mobile wireless LAN router for Cellco Partnership which is a US mobile operator (MNO) that operates as Verizon Wireless.
The 5G communication method corresponds to the NR method prescribed to satisfy the requirement of 5G in 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) of the standardization organization.
As with this device, the idea is that 5G signals come in and it is converted into Wi-Fi for other people to use. The focus here is Wi-Fi, with the device being 802.11ax-ready (Wi-Fi 6 ready) although the unit also has an Ethernet RJ-45 port (unclear what standard) to connect to a network if needed as well as a Type-C connection for direct tethering. This is the small business device designed to help several employees access the internet. There is also a small LCD display.
Inside the device is similar to the Netgear Nighthawk 5G mobile hotspot, with a Snapdragon X50 modem, an S855 SoC, and a built in battery. This time we were told there is a 4400 mAh battery, and the goal is to supply a full day’s worth of battery. The company said that they have 10 hours right now, but still have a good amount of optimization to do. On speed, the goal is to support 2 Gbps of mmWave 5G connectivity with sub-10 millisecond latency.
Cellco Partnership began offering 5G service as Verizon 5G Home in some cities in the United States on October 1, 2018, but Verizon 5G Home is for fixed communications, and it is a proprietary 5GTF system which Cellco Partnership led the development is adopted.
In the plan to start 5G service for mobile communication in the first half of 2019, 5G service for mobile communication is compliant with NR method, and in the future, it is a policy to replace the 5GTF method of Verizon 5G Home with NR method.
Mobile wireless LAN router corresponding to 5G developed by Inseego was decided to be released by Cellco Partnership in 2019.
The newest MiFi device is exclusive to Verizon and will be available to Verizon customers nationwide in 2019. Inseego also plans to offer its MiFi 5G NR hotspot device to customers of various global carriers next year, though the company hasn’t yet announced which specific ones.
How fast are we talking about here? According to Inseego, leading up to this week, the MiFi 5G NR “consistently” hit speeds of more than 2Gbps, along with sub-10 milliseconds latency in multiple component carrier aggregations (CA), as part of a real-world trial.