Large swaths of contiguous millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum have opened in the U.S, offering opportunities to use these bands for very-high-data-throughput applications. However, testing mmWave hardware designed for high-data-throughput applications requires careful consideration to gain insight into the actual hardware performance when tested.
Increasing data throughput is possible employing several different methods. One method is to use higher symbol rates and more channel bandwidth. Higher-order modulation, such as 64-QAM, is possible if the radio’s performance is sufficient to support the higher-order modulation format.