Two US carriers certify Fibocom 5G IoT module

  • September 28, 2022
  • William Payne

Two major US carriers have certified Fibocom’s 5G module, the FM160-NA in a move that will boost the commercialisation of 5G. The module is compliant with 3GPP Release 16 capabilities, designed to offer high-performance 5G connectivity for IoT applications.

Supporting NR Carrier Aggregation (CA), the FM160-NA is designed to optimise the 5G user experience with extended coverage, boosted throughput and increased capacity. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon® X62 modem chipset, the FM160 is backward compatible with LTE-TDD, LTE-FDD and WCDMA network standards. The module delivers maximum downlink rates of 3.5Gbps and uplink rates of 900Mbps under 5G, boosting IoT application data transmission speeds. Coming with M.2 form factor measuring 30x52x2.3mm, the module is compatible with Fibocom’s 5G module FM150, which allows customers to migrate between different products, reducing investment concerns.

Along with functionalities such as digital audio, VoLTE and VoNR, Fibocom FM160 supports multi-constellation GNSS, including GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS and Galileo, providing high-performance positioning and navigation. It also supports multiple operating systems including Linux, Android, and Windows, as well as various network protocols and industry-standard interfaces (USIM, USB 3.1, PCIe 4.0 and I2S), allowing flexibility and ease of integration for customer’s deployment.

To date, Fibocom’s FM160 module series has been certified by ANATEL, CE, RCM, FCC, PTCRB, GCF, T-Mobile and AT&T. The commercial sample of FM160-NA is ready for customers worldwide.

Gene Santana, VP of Overseas Carriers Certification Dept., Fibocom, said, “We are pleased to see that the Fibocom 5G module FM160-NA has received the certifications from two major US carriers. As a forerunner in the IoT industry, Fibocom aims to develop streamlined and customised 5G modules to accelerate the commercialisation of 5G in a more comprehensive manner.”