Cambium Networks debuted cnMedusa, what it described as the first commercially available Massive Multi-User, multiple input/multiple output (MU-MIMO) platform for fixed wireless broadband, promising the ability to offer "5G like speeds."
The 14x14 integrated antenna array exceeds both 802.11AC Wave 2 and LTE-A planned implementation of 8x8 and yields the ability to support up to seven simultaneous carrier chains, the company said. The spectral efficiency of the cnMedusa-enabled PMP 450m allows wireless services providers to offer triple play services to existing subscribers – and add new customers – without requiring additional spectrum.
"The introduction of cnMedusa marks a shift in the way people access the internet: Wireless networks are becoming faster than wired ones," said Atul Bhatnagar, president and CEO of Cambium Networks, in a press release. "Massive Multi-User MIMO allows fixed wireless network operators to offer industry-leading cost, scalability and reach advantages – particularly in traditionally underserved areas – with speeds and reliability exceeding wired networks. This capability allows people in nearly any location to experience the media-rich content they expect, even in sparsely populated and difficult to reach areas of the world." Release