Bell has announced the successful test of Wireless to the Home (WTTH) trials in Ontario via 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum bands, by using Huawei’s 5G Massive MIMO and 8T8R technology.
WTTH allows ultra-high speed home Internet–without cables–but rather by signals received wirelessly, which can be beneficial to those in rural areas. These 5G WTTH trials were tested in Orangeville, Feversham and Bethany, in Ontario.
Mao Dun, Vice President of Huawei’s Wireless Network Marketing & Solutions Sales, said in a statement, “TD-LTE technology is rapidly maturing. Other 5G-oriented technologies, including carrier aggregation, 8T8R and Massive MIMO, can deliver fibre-like access speeds while supporting Bell’s multiple services such as Fibe TV. We believe these advanced technologies will benefit all Canadians.”
By utilizing 5G to wirelessly extend high speed Internet to homes, it allows ISPs such as Bell to reach customers quicker, versus traditional Fibre network expansion, which can be costly.
“Bell’s strategic focus on broadband network expansion and service innovation has been key to our transformation into Canada’s wireless leader. The success of our first 5G trials and these new rural WTTH trials underscore that we’re leading the way in delivering the next generation of broadband technology throughout Canada,” said Stephen Howe, Bell’s Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, in a statement.
Bell says it plans to deploy WTTH starting in the second quarter of 2018 to rural locations.