Telit releases first industrial grade 5G data card

Telit FN980m
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Telit is a huge global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT) and has released the first industrial grade 5G data card, called the FN980m (you can see more details here).

This card is designed for global use and aims to support short, mid and long-term deployments of 5G. This data card should create new opportunities for original equipment manufacturers, system integrators and service providers.

Revolutionizing the Internet of Things 

“Since we started in cellular back in the 1980s, Telit has made delivering the best wireless performance in our products part of our brand promise," explained Marco Contento, Telit vice president. "We understand just how critical quality is for radios carrying business or control data in commercial and industrial operations. 

"In addition to applying more engineering into our RF design, Telit leverages its longstanding collaborations with leaders like Qualcomm Technologies, Anritsu and Rohde & Schwarz whose pioneering work in 5G is helping revolutionize the Internet of Things.”

Francesco Grilli, vice president of product management at Qualcomm believes that moving 5G beyond smartphones is vital. 

“We’re happy to collaborate with industry leaders like Telit to enable the 5G IoT space with an industrial data card aimed at expanding 5G beyond smartphones,” Grilli explained.

This 5G data card from Telit will both aid deployment and hopefully create further use for the technology other than just smartphones. 

What is the FN980m? 

So, why is this new 5G data card so important? Well, the FN980m data card supports Sub-6GHz FDD/TDD and LTE Category 20, based on the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System.

And the card can be paired with the Qualcomm® QTM525 for millimeter wave operation in both indoor and outdoor scenarios. And this is noteworthy, as it is currently the only card on the market that is compatible with the Qualcomm® QTM527 mmWave extended-range antenna module.

According to Telit, the FN980m has already been selected by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in North America, Korea and Japan, with the card being used areas including industrial IoT, enterprise networks and professional video broadcasting.

Fiona Leake

Fiona discovered her love for investing and making money from a young age. Since then this interest has grown and now she loves writing about investing and business, and follows the 5G market closely. She is also a technology enthusiast, and so they tend to be her favourite investments.