Mimosa has introduced the A6 access point platform supporting Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax). According to the manufacturer, this is the first point-to-multipoint (PTMP) fixed wireless solution (FWA) to deliver gigabit speeds. It improves network performance, scalability and reliability, delivering up to 7 Gbps throughput for external broadband networks and 5G transport infrastructure. At the same time, the Airspan C6x Wi-Fi 6E RF module was introduced, allowing wireless Internet service providers (WISPs) and FWA networks to achieve “fiber speed”. In addition to high speed, comparable to the speed of a fiber-optic connection, the new products have other advantages. In particular, A6 can support more than 200 subscribers, which is four times the capabilities of current solutions of this kind. So far, this is the first and only FWA platform with SFP+ and switching of two fiber optic ports. It is also the first and only FWA platform built exclusively for 160 MHz channels in the 5 GHz extended band and the 6 GHz band recently approved by the FCC. More precisely, it operates in the range from 5.150 to 6.425 GHz. The C6x module is capable of supporting subscriber speeds up to 1.75 Gbit/s.
The A6 sets a new standard in efficiency, performance, capacity, and interference handling for unlicensed PTMP deployments. New features such as OFDMA, 1024-QAM, 8-stream beamforming, and support for up to 160 MHz of bandwidth, deliver huge leaps in reliability and performance for the unlicensed band.
Speed and Capacity for Dense Markets and Crowded Towers
Compete with fiber speed offerings in both urban and rural tower sites with the A6. Wi-Fi 6E technologies offer unparalleled 60 bps/Hz spectral efficiency and high capacity 8x8 multi-user MIMO and OFDMA technologies, ensuring sufficient AP capacity to handle large populations (200+ subscribers) at almost any rural tower location, or even in the most dense city urban environments.
Reliable in Noisy Environments
Unlicensed bands usually have crowded spectrum in cities, and even at tower collocation sites in rural areas. The A6 brings an arsenal of new, advanced noise fighting techniques to make it easier than ever to overcome noisy conditions and deliver reliable services in unlicensed spectrum.
Improved Link Budget in a Small Form Factor
Whether it’s overcoming noise or punching through a bit more near-LOS foliage, who wouldn’t want an improved link-budget? The A6 introduces a series of new integrated antenna and baseband features to get over 10 dB signal improvement without needing to increase the device form-factor size.
Easy to Deploy
Small sites require complex and costly power and switching equipment between backhauls and APs. As new devices introduce higher speed 10 Gbps equipment, these costs are rapidly making site expansion too expensive for ISPs. The A6 is equipped with an internal switch and multiple integrated 10 Gbps SFP+ for easy interconnectivity without requiring an external switch. Dedicated 48 V DC power inputs remove the need for additional Ethernet runs when deploying fiber.