The authors propose an integrated Mach-Zehnder interferometer and diversity combining receiver to mitigate the atmospheric turbulence-induced fading in a millimetre-wave (mmW) radio-over-free-space optics (RoFSO) link. They use a carrier frequency of 28 GHz as recommended for the fifth-generation wireless access networks and consider two optical mmW signal generation schemes, namely double-sideband (DSB) and single-sideband (SSB). In direct detection (DD)-based RoFSO, the link performance is limited by atmospheric turbulence. They show that the proposed Rx can overcome this detrimental effect, which is verified by investigation of a 10 Gb/s 16-quadrature amplitude modulation orthogonal frequency-division-multiplexing signal at 28 GHz over a 1 km free-space optics link under weak and strong turbulence regimes. For the DSB scenario, the proposed Rx offers improved error vector magnitudes of about 0.8 and 5.7%, and modulation error ratios of 1.3 and 4.9 dB under weak and strong turbulence regimes, respectively, compared with the DD receiver (DD Rx). For the SSB scenario under weak turbulence, the proposed Rx achieves a 4 dB improvement in the receiver sensitivity and four orders of magnitude enhancement in the bit error rate over the DD Rx. The proposed Rx can be integrated on a single chip for further cost reduction.