Quectel launches EM060K-GL smart IoT module to support CBRS and private network use cases
October 12, 2021 – Quectel Wireless Solutions, a global supplier of IoT modules and antennas, has launched its new LTE-A Category 6 EM060K-GL module which features Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) capability to provide better service and a cost efficient solution for private mobile networks. With more than 300 private mobile networks deployed in the world, industries such as communications and IT, manufacturing, automotive, transport, utilities, public safety, mining and many others are using CBRS as a private network service. CBRS can help customers to build high capacity, low latency, robust wireless networks with improved quality of service guarantees.
Quectel has developed the EM060K-GL to address the needs of customers that utilize these networks. Powered by the Snapdragon® X12 LTE Modem from Qualcomm Technologies Inc, the EM060K-GL provides maximum data rates of up to 300 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink. The module has the M.2 form factor of 30.0 x 42.0 x2.3mm.
In addition to supporting private CBRS networks, the EM060K-GL offers a wide range of global bands and can also be used to support carrier network capacity boost scenarios by aggregating a public coverage band and a CBRS band. With Dual SIM/embedded eSIM, the EM060K-GL can help customers swap data service easily between a public carrier and a private network.
The EM060K-GL supports industry-standard interfaces (USB 3.0/2.0, PCIe 2.0 and PCM/SPI, MIPI) and offers functionalities including USB drivers for Windows, Linux, Android, a multi-constellation GNSS receiver for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo. The EM060K-GL is also pin to pin compatible with Quectel’s existing EM06 series of M.2 modules and the EM12-G and EM120R-GL , which facilitates customers’ design migrations on a wide range of applications such as industrial routers, home gateways, set top boxes, consumer laptops, rugged tablet and PCs and PDA devices.
Neset Yalcinkaya, the Vice President of Product Management at Quectel, commented: “We see a wide range of market participants are actively engaged in developing and delivering services for private mobile networks. With so much opportunity and so many regulators planning initiatives to make spectrum available for private LTE usage, we expect significant market evolution in the next couple of years. Quectel’s CBRS-capable modules, including the EM060K-GL, EG12-GT, EM120R/EM160R and our 5G modules, can help our customers to provide multiple and diversified services in this market to boost their business.”
Engineering samples of the EM060K-GL are available now for product testing and development to help device OEMs and systems designers with their innovative new products, optimizing business operations and processes.