Fibocom Advances US CBRS Commercialization with LTE-A Wireless Module FM101-CG

Fibocom a global leading provider of IoT (Internet of Things) wireless solutions and wireless communication modules, introduces the LTE Advanced wireless module FM101-CG. Featuring 3GPP Release 12 capabilities, the FM101-CG module is exclusively designed to boost the commercial deployment of products operating in the US Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum.

To relieve the difficulty and uncertainty people faced in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced a $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program, which aims to help students, school staff and library patrons improve internet connectivity using the CBRS band for remote learning. CBRS, shared spectrum from 3.55 to 3.7 GHz, is able to offer fast connectivity in the US with the reliability that sophisticated educational applications demand.

Fibocom is accelerating CBRS-based wireless network deployment with our new LTE-A Category 6 wireless communication module FM101-CG. It is able to address the requirements of CBRS-based network applications for multiple scenarios, including but not limited to remote education, industry IoT, smart cities, etc. Powered by the Snapdragon® X12+ LTE Modem from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Fibocom’s FM101-CG module supports LTE TDD Band 42/43/48 and delivers maximum data rates of up 260 Mbps downlink and 30 Mbps uplink. The module adopts M.2 form factor measuring 30.0*42.0*2.3mm.

Along with abundant functionalities such as DFOTA, VoLTE and Audio, the Fibocom FM101-CG module supports multi-constellation GNSS receiver, including GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo, for high-performance positioning and navigation. Fibocom’s FM101-CG module supports multiple operating systems (Linux/ Android/ Windows), various Internet protocols as well as a rich set of digital interfaces (USIM, USB 3.0/2.0, PCIe 2.0 and PCM/I2S), allowing much flexibility and ease of integration for customer’s application.

“Qualcomm Technologies is pleased to collaborate with Fibocom on the introduction of the FM101-CG module, featuring the Snapdragon X12+ LTE Modem. Qualcomm Technologies has been at the forefront of commercialization of CBRS with support since 2017 and this announcement further emphasizes our commitment to the wide scale deployment of CBRS and enabling reliable, cost-effective and scalable wireless connectivity that addresses the sophisticated needs of remote education, small businesses, hospitals, industry IoT, homes and more,” said Gautam Sheoran, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Ron Friedman, VP of Americas Sales Dept., Fibocom, commented, “Powered by the Snapdragon X12+ LTE Modem, the Fibocom FM101-CG module is tailored for CBRS network, providing seamless and reliable connectivity for various industries. With shared spectrum technology CBRS, organizations can make use of their own private networks, particularly for off-campus connectivity, ensuring fast, reliable and secure connectivity that’s available in limited, hard-to-reach areas.”

At present, the engineering samples of FM101-CG are available for product testing and development, which provides solution that help device OEMs and systems designers with their innovative new products, optimizing business operations and processes.