Its full name is customer premium equipment, which the industry likes to call “customer terminal equipment”. As a matter of fact, premise means “premise, hypothesis”, and the more accurate translation should be “customer’s front-end device”.

The so-called “front” means that it always stands in front of the user’s equipment. Its function is to convert mobile communication signal (4G, 5g, etc.) or wired broadband signal into local LAN signal for user equipment.


In China, CPE generally appears in two situations.

  • One is the private line access broadband service for government and enterprise users. Generally, there is such a device on the user side。
  • The other is 5gcpe, which has gradually become popular in China in recent years.


5g CPE is a kind of 5g terminal equipment. It receives 5g signals from base stations of operators, and then converts them into Wi Fi signals or wired signals to let more local devices (mobile phones, tablets, computers) access the Internet.

As you can see, 5g CPE is very similar to the “optical cat” function of optical broadband in our home.

Optical cat used in optical fiber broadband. In fact, in essence, “light cat” is a kind of CPE. The difference between “optical cat” and 5g CPE is that “optical cat” connects the optical access network equipment of operators upward, while 5g

CPE connects  the 5g base station.

Now that we have the “light cat”, what’s the use of 5g CPE? Will 5g CPE replace “light cat”?

Let’s start with the conclusion: of course not.

The current 5g CPE products use the same or similar 5g chips as 5g mobile phones. They have strong 5g connection capability, support SA / NSA networking, and are compatible with 4G / 5G signals. In terms of speed, 5g CPE is comparable to “light cat”.

It can be said that 5g CPE is an enhanced version of “light cat”.


The advantage of 5g CPE is mobility and flexibility.


Unlike the conventional “light cat” which can only be fixed in one place, 5g CPE can be “mobile”. Where there is 5g signal, 5g CPE can be used.

For example, when our family goes to a villa in the suburbs for a holiday, we can use 5g CPE to set up a Wi Fi 6 high-speed hotspot, so that all family members can access the Internet and share the video.

For another example, when companies go out to hold activities or participate in exhibitions, 5g CPE can be used to facilitate employees and customers to access the Internet.

Even if you want to set up a stall, you can also bring CPE, which is equivalent to bringing a fiber broadband around.


  • The flexibility of 5g CPE lies in the service opening.

The traditional “optical fiber broadband” is relatively easy to open. If you go to the business hall to handle the package, you can open it. But cancelling is a lot of trouble. Today’s broadband services basically have an agreement period. If the agreement period is not over, they can’t be stopped at will.

In case of need to move, fiber broadband also need to deal with the relocation, also very troublesome.

5g CPE is different, as long as there is a 5g mobile phone card (now the online traffic card is very cheap), you can access the Internet at high speed.

Card slot behind CPE


5g CPE is very suitable for young people’s renting and small and micro enterprise’s office. The equipment can be taken with it and used as it goes, which completely avoids the trouble of broadband installation and dismantling.

5g CPE is also suitable for remote areas or complex terrain areas (such as rural areas, wild areas, etc.). If optical fiber is to be laid in these areas, it will be difficult and costly, which is not cost-effective.

In fact, many foreign regions, because of the vast land and sparse population, began to use CPE very early. They use outdoor CPE to receive base station signals, and then convert them into local signals to access the Internet.


Fixed wireless access (FWA)

If it’s millimeter wave CPE, it’s even more exciting


Outdoor CPE

In addition, 5g CPE has larger volume, stronger antenna gain, higher power, and stronger signal transmitting and receiving ability than mobile phones, so it is often used in various 5g scene tests in outfield.


In short, 5g CPE combines the low cost of Wi Fi and the large bandwidth of 5g, and combines the advantages of both to form a powerful supplement to the traditional optical broadband.

In addition to surfing the Internet, 5g CPE will also act as a home intelligent gateway in the future.

All along, the home router market is the focus of competition of many manufacturers. It’s not because the router makes money, but because it’s the gateway of family network traffic and the basic platform of family digital application. 5g CPE, playing the same role as router, will be the “smart gateway” of 5g family in the future, and also the fulcrum of intelligent life of the family.


Through 5g CPE, users can control a variety of smart devices at home, which can significantly improve the life experience of family members while realizing the interconnection of everything.

In addition to the family oriented to C scenario, 5g CPE also has a very broad application prospect in the enterprise oriented to B market.

Take the smart factory as an example. In the future, the equipment and materials of the factory will be networked. 5g CPE can be used as the unified flow entrance and exit of all equipment in a certain area (workshop), providing low-cost and high-speed network connection for these equipment.


With the increase of application scenarios, 5g CPE will support more communication protocols (such as Bluetooth, UWB, etc.) besides 5g, and truly become the management and control center of all devices.

In addition to the network connection function, 5g CPE will also be combined with edge computing to become a sinking edge computing node to provide computing power support for related equipment.All in all, 5gcpe is of great significance to both home users and enterprise users.

With the comprehensive development of 5g network construction, more and more places begin to cover 5g signal. The demand for 5g CPE will increase continuously, and the application scenarios around 5g CPE will become more and more.


I believe 5g CPE will gradually enter more people’s lives!


Sixin launched 5g industrial CPE for the first time in this conference, which is another star equipment of Sixin 5g communication terminal product camp. The product adopts high-performance industrial 32-bit communication processor, and carries guanghetong 5g module to support 5g SA / NSA networking, with embedded real-time operating system as the software support platform, provides one RS232 and one RS485, one Gigabit Ethernet LAN, one Gigabit Ethernet Wan, one gigabit optical fiber interface and supports WiFi function, realizes data transparent transmission and routing function.

Product function:

Support NSA and SA network, compatible with operators

Support 5g / 4G, wired (optical fiber and WAN) intelligent switching

Support POE (802.3af) power supply

Dual band WiFi (2.4G and 5.8G

Support local data storage to ensure no data loss

Full industrial design, protection grade IP68

Support IPv6 / IPv4


Industry application:

Sixin 5g communication terminal in full bloom


As a pioneer in the Internet of things industry, Sixin has been deeply engaged in the Internet of things industry for more than ten years. Before the arrival of 5g era boom, with the help of mature project experience and product R & D ability, Sixin has taken the lead in the layout of 5g communication terminal product camp. So far, Sixin has successfully launched 5g communication terminals such as 5g industrial router, 5g intelligent gateway, 5g intelligent light pole gateway, 5g multi-functional RTU webcam, 5g small industrial router, etc., which have been widely used in many large projects such as smart factory, smart port, smart medical treatment, etc., and successfully established the leading position of the Internet of things industry giant。


Facing the industrial manufacturing scene and other vertical industries with strong demand for network connection bandwidth, 5g has become the preferred connection technology, and CPE has become the key product form to introduce 5g into industrial manufacturing and more industries.Then, compared with consumer grade CPE, what are the special needs of vertical industry for 5g industrial grade CPE? What are the innovative 5g industrial CPE products and solutions in the industry? What successful application cases are worth learning from?

  • Industry users put forward more stringent requirements for industrial CPE


According to keystone Strategy & Huawei spo Lab’s research and analysis: it is estimated that the global ICT related industries’ digital revenue will reach US $4.7 trillion in 2025, involving 10 major industries, including manufacturing / supply chain, smart city, energy / public utilities, AR / VR, smart home, health care, smart agriculture, smart retail, Internet of vehicles, UAV, etc., of which the total market space related to 5g will exceed US $1.6 trillion.


The digital super power of 5g enabling industry is self-evident, but the premise is that you should first connect to 5g network, and CPE has become the key product form for 5g to fly into thousands of industries.Unlike consumer CPE, which only needs to play the role of “wireless routing”, 5g industrial CPE not only needs to convert 5g signal into WLAN signal to provide wireless broadband access service for industrial users, but also provides industrial network performance and guarantee with larger bandwidth, higher speed, lower delay, higher protection and higher reliability for industrial customers, so as to provide service for industrial equipment and vehicles High level wireless broadband services required.


For example, in the port industry, the remote control of the tire crane has strict requirements for communication and control network. The remote controller implements remote control of the tire crane by sending multiple videos back to the control center, which requires the differentiated network to meet the high uplink bandwidth. Currently, a single tire crane needs about 35mbps uplink bandwidth, which will be continuously optimized and reduced in the later stage, and at the same time, it needs a stable low uplink bandwidth In addition, in typical intelligent manufacturing scenarios, the uplink bandwidth of machine vision needs to be more than 50Mbps or even 200Mbps, the end-to-end communication delay is less than 10ms, and the reliability requirement is more than 99.9999%; in special scenarios such as high cold and high humidity, the protection ability of CPE equipment is put forward more stringent requirements. All of these put forward higher requirements for industrial grade 5g CPE.


  • Six advantages of Dingqiao 5g industrial CPE


Data show that as of November 2020, a total of 21 industrial grade CPE equipment have been released in the world. Among the few 5g industrial grade CPEs, there are few industrial grade products that can really meet the needs of vertical industries.In order to help more industries introduce 5g to realize digital transformation, Dingqiao launched 5g industrial CPE ins 2.0 in May last year, helping all industries realize fast, convenient and safe access to 5g “end” side, and providing access and business enabling platform for 5g applications in vertical industries.


Advantage 1: highly reliable industrial protection. Dingqiao 5g industrial CPE ins 2.0 strict industrial design and production process are adopted to enhance the service life of products outdoors. Strict waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, shock proof, salt spray proof and EMC tests are conducted to ensure that each 5g industrial CPE product can reach IP65 industrial protection level, and the shockproof level is as high as 5M3, which helps industry customers not to be afraid of salt spray, dust, vibration, rain, hail, bumpy road, etc It is a harsh industrial environment.

Advantage 2: strong routing networking capability. It not only supports VPN function and bridging mode, but also supports multi APN, multi VLAN, TR069 and tr143 protocols, which can adapt to different networking requirements of industry customers and the needs of high-speed and safe information transmission.

Advantage 3: provide professional Internet of things cloud platform mcube. Provide safe and reliable connection communication and device management capabilities, support massive device access, cloud device information collection, cloud device control and device data analysis and other functions, and open rest interface for third-party devices and business systems, enabling industry partners and developers.

Advantage 4: Super uplink and carrier aggregation meet the high-level needs of the industry. Dingqiao 5g CPE ins2.0 has super uplink capability, supports N78 + n84 super uplink, makes the uplink rate up to 425mbps, reduces the uplink waiting delay through cross carrier scheduling, and reduces the maximum delay by 30%. Through the carrier aggregation function, it can make more effective use of continuous or discontinuous spectrum resources, maximize the spectrum resource utilization of each carrier, support N78 + N78 uplink and downlink 2cc (component carrier) aggregation, and the maximum uplink rate can reach 750mbps, which can meet the needs of various large uplink services.

Advantage 5: professional antenna design. Dingqiao 5g industrial CPE ins 2.0 unique directional antenna / omni-directional antenna switchable design enables CPE to have stronger air port compatibility and wireless gain, which can support the industry application requirements of fixed and mobile scenes at the same time; at the same time, the maximum gain of directional antenna is 12dB, which can expand the coverage distance by 125%, reduce signal interference, expand the signal coverage, and enhance the access ability and data transmission stability of downlink equipment.

Advantage 6: rich interfaces. It supports 4G, 5g, Ethernet, USB and other interfaces, and also supports RS485, RS232 and reserved GNSS through the expansion card; it supports rich software and hardware interfaces, and can adapt to the complex protocol types in the industrial environment, and provides standard security protection.