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R16 5G module certified for 5G and LTE-A networks

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Quectel Wireless Solutions has announced that its 5G NR module, designated RM520N-GL, which is compliant with 3GPP Release 16 (R16) standards, has been certified to operate on T-Mobile’s 5G and LTE-A networks in the United States.

With this certification, RM520N-GL customers can commercially deploy their home gateways, industrial routers, industrial automation devices, unmanned delivery vehicles, robots, drones, consumer and industrial laptops and other next generation IoT applications on T-Mobile’s 5G and LTE-A networks.

Based on Qualcomm’s SDX62 platform, the RM520N-GL supports both 5G NSA and SA modes, as well as R16 enhanced features such as ultra-high bandwidth, millisecond-level latency, 5G network slicing and ultra-reliability.

Targeting global markets, this module is designed to support 28 major sub-6GHz bands worldwide (n1/ 2/ 3/ 5/ 7/ 8/ 12/ 13/ 14/ 18/ 20/ 25/ 26/ 28/ 29/ 30/ 38/ 40/ 41/ 48/ 66/ 70/ 71/ 75/ 76/ 77/ 78/ 79), is backwards compatible with LTE-A/3G networks and features integrated GNSS for location services. This highly integrated module can significantly enhance customers’ global IoT deployments.

Designed in an industry-standard M.2 form factor, the dimensions of the RM520N-GL are 30.0- x 52.0- x 2.3-mm. This makes it pin-to-pin compatible with other Quectel modules, such as the RM50xQ series of 5G modules, EM06/ EM060K series LTE-A Cat 6 modules, EM12/ EM12xR/ EM120K series Cat 12 modules and the EM160R-G Cat 16 module, which facilitates easy network upgrades of customer devices.

The RM520N-GL supports downlink and uplink NR 2 x Carrier Aggregation (CA) and all three combinations of sub-6GHz time division duplex (TDD) and frequency division duplex (FDD) CA, including CA of FDD+TDD, FDD+FDD and TDD+TDD. This ensures greater 5G coverage, capacity and throughput by enabling the combination of available 5G spectrum assets. These features enable the RM520N-GL to have maximum downlink rates of up to 3.4 Gbps and maximum uplink rates of up to 900Mbps. These data rates meet the needs of industry applications requiring enhanced mobile broadband and reliable communication capabilities, such as fixed wireless access (FWA), mobile broadband equipment and industrial automation.

Featuring a rich set of internet protocols, the RM520N-GL supports multiple optional functions including eSIM and VoLTE and integrates USB 3.1/ PCIe 3.0 super speed interfaces.
In addition to the T-Mobile approval, Quectel’s RM520N-GL has also achieved worldwide certification from GCF, PTCRB, CE, CCC, RCM, FCC and IC.

In order to help customers simplify their designs, Quectel also provides a full range of off-the-shelf and customized 5G antennas which boost wireless connectivity significantly. IoT developers can bundle the RM520N-GL module with Quectel’s antennas and pre-certification services, reducing both cost and time-to-market for their 5G devices.

www.quectel.com


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