Italian ISP and MVNO Fastweb says it has trialled a new ‘5G’ fixed-wireless access (FWA) network in Milan in collaboration with Samsung. The network, which operates in the 26GHz band, achieved peak download speeds of 1Gbps during the tests. Fastweb says the trials prove that FWA systems can act as a viable alternative to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections.
Alberto Calcagno, CEO of Fastweb, commented: ‘This trial has already confirmed the outstanding performances of 5G FWA and the capability of this technology to provide a fibre-like ultra-broadband service to families and business in areas not reached by FTTH. To accomplish our mission of addressing the market needs and enhancing user experience, we will leverage 5G FWA to expand the coverage of our proprietary ultra-broadband infrastructure.’
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Swisscom-owned Fastweb was among five firms to acquire 26GHz frequencies in the Italian government’s October 2018 5G spectrum auction. The other winners were mobile network operators (MNOs) TIM, Wind Tre, Vodafone and Iliad.