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IoT Applications / IoT Applications / Connectivity Equipment / Indoor/ Outdoor Unit (IDU/ODU)

The Industry

With the rapid development of IoT and operators' vigorous promotion of 5G technology in the past few years, more and more terminal devices need to be connected via Internet, and the requirements for network speed are increasing as well.

However, in some sparsely populated regions, the cost and complexity of deploying fixed broadband have challenged the roll-out of reliable and affordable internet connectivity, while the download speed and latency of LTE technology cannot provide high-speed connections. As a result, there is a growing demand for 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), which is an ideal solution to bring connections to remote areas, and at the same time eliminating the hassle and cost of fixed line installation.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) reports that only 63% of the world's population were using the Internet in 2021. More convenient, efficient, and superior communications solutions must be developed to connect the unconnected, and narrow the digital divide. 5G FWA, as a trending way of providing connection, is an easy-to-deploy, flexible solution suitable for all.

5G ODU (Outdoor Unit) & IDU (Indoor Unit)

Outdoor Unit (ODU) is a FWA device that is responsible for completing the frequency conversion and amplification of the signal. It enables network operators to cost-effectively provide high-speed connectivity to customers over last mile access. 5G ODU installed outside the buildings can receive the signal from the base station, and by connecting to the indoor unit (IDU), it can offer 5G high-speed connectivity for homes and businesses. Users can also query the status of the ODU and set the wave channel through software, enhancing the flexibility of network deployment.

5G IDU, after receiving data from ODU, will in turn transmits data to mobile or fixed terminals via Wi-Fi. It also can integrate services such as smart homes, IPTV and VoLTE, which can be continually updated for rapid deployment of new services at households. 5G ODU together with IDU will extend signal quality while providing Wireless to the X (WTTX) wireless broadband services to households, businesses and more.

Application scenarios:

  • Home

With so many people spending time at home during the COVID-19 crisis, the use of Internet needs to be as seamless and trouble-free as possible. Through 5G ODU & IDU, users can connect a variety of smart devices in the home, which not only realizes the interconnection of everything, but also significantly improves the life experience of family members.

  • Small business

Small businesses need to have internet access for their offices, and 5G ODU & IDU are ideal choices because of their mobility, fast internet service enrollment and termination. It provides the means for employees to communicate and share information, supporting business networking needs and boosting productivity.

  • Factory

For locations with a high density of end devices, internet infrastructure should be able to handle plenty of devices with stable and secure connects. In the future, all the equipment and materials of a smart factory will be networked. 5G ODU & IDU can be used as a hub in a certain area (such as workshop), providing low-cost, high-speed network connections for all devices.

Fibocom 5G Wireless Module Solution

Embedded in 5G ODU, Fibocom 5G wireless module can bring unprecedented 5G experiences to users everywhere, empowering an array of scenarios such as remote education and work, high-quality online gaming, IP surveillance, live broadcasts and much more.

Fibocom’s 5G modules FG160/ FM160/ FG360/ FG650 are designed to offer faster transmission speed, better carrying capacity, and lower network latency. Supporting 5G standalone network (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures, Fibocom 5G wireless module is also backward compatible with LTE and WCDMA standards. Besides, Fibocom 5G module comes with a rich set of interfaces, and are certified by various regional operators, industry associations and local regulation, satisfying different deployment requirements for customers worldwide.

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