The Need for Boosted 5G Millimeter Waves
5G is the next advancement in broadband wireless connectivity. It provides 100 times faster data speeds than 4G while supporting low-latency applications such as autonomous driving, making it possible for multiple devices to be highly responsive, and better connected simultaneously. 5G will allow us to transmit 10,000 times the traffic with less than 1 millisecond latency. And, it’s more reliable than prior cellular networks opening the doors to smart cities and roads.
While some 5G is being deployed in low sub-6GHz frequency bands, effective 5G rollout is in progress in the millimeter wave (mm-wave) spectrum, a specific part of the radio frequency (RF) bands between 24GHz and 100GHz, which have much shorter wavelengths. At these high frequencies, larger bandwidths are allocated to support higher network capacity and meet the increased demand for higher speed. Mm-wave’s shorter wavelengths can transfer data faster, even though the signal distance is shorter.
The effectiveness of mm-wave technology will be measured by its area coverage, signal reach, and required number of radios. For instance, the most difficult scenarios are reaching longer distances, closing backhaul links, and bringing signals through windows, walls, and around obstacles that can block the signal – all because of higher signal propagation losses and shorter wavelengths.
Low-cost Repeaters & Relays are Critical to 5G’s Success
Metawave’s 5G platforms enable higher speeds, wider coverage, and ‘non-line-of-sight’ connectivity, using fewer radios in 5G deployed in cities, office buildings and malls, crowded stadiums and concerts, and other areas deploying 5G.
Metawave provides carriers with the world’s first active repeaters and passive relays for more effective indoor and outdoor 5G coverage. Metawave TURBO™ active repeaters boost signals thousands of times faster to extend coverage in challenging areas.
Metawave ECHO™ passive reflectors are beautifully designed “smart mirrors” that bend and direct signals in areas of lower coverage.
NTT DOCOMO successfully conducted a 5G trial using 28GHz trial site and reflectors utilizing Metawave's 5G platform in November 2018. Read more about our results with DOCOMO.
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