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Active antennas are essential to 5G deployments (Analyst Angle)

The base station antenna is an increasingly complex and essential part of the mobile network as networks evolve to 5G. The evolution from 3G to 4G and now to 5G has enabled increasing sector throughput rates and it is the base station antenna that...

CommScope launches new antenna solutions for 5G deployments

CommScope is launching new 5G antenna solutions to speed up deployments in spectrum including the newly auctioned C-Band airwaves. The company unveiled new C-Band antennas, which are designed to support three primary upgrade paths: a standalone passive or active C-band antenna paradigm; a multi-band...

Samsung demos drone solution for 4G, 5G network optimization

The drone solution will simplify cell site management, says Samsung Samsung Electronics demonstrated its new drone-based antenna configuration measurement solution for 4G and 5G networks. Performed on the company’s campus, the demonstration involved the use of a smartphone with a remote control application that connected...

Qorvo buys RF MEMs maker Cavendish Kinetics

Semiconductor company Qorvo has agreed to acquire radio frequency micro-electro-mechanical system (RF MEMS) company Cavendish Kinetics, saying that the purchase will add to its capabilities in antenna tuning and improving 4G and 5G system performance. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Qorvo is a...

Ericsson to boost 5G antenna capabilities with purchase of Kathrein unit

Kathrein segment acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of this year Ericsson is bolstering its 5G antennas portfolio, announcing its plans to acquire German company Kathrein's antenna and filters unit for an undisclosed sum. The purchase will bring about 4,000 additional employees to...

Deutsche Telekom already operates 150 live 5G antennas in Europe

  The carrier is currently carrying out 5G trials in Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland and the Netherland BARCELONA -- German carrier Deutsche Telekom has 150 5G antennas already operational across the telco’s footprint in Europe, Claudia Nemat, board member for technology and innovation at Deutsche...

A cost-effective way to double LTE site capacity without massive MIMO (Analyst Angle)

A critical challenge facing 4G LTE fixed wireless operators is how to cost-effectively increase site capacity.   Although there are many options available, including Massive MIMO, sectorization is one of the most cost effective, expedient and practical means of doubling site capacity.   Most LTE base...

Phazr to start shipping 5G gear in Q2 2019: CEO

  PHAZR recently got approval to sell its 5G equipment in the US and Europe Texas-based PHAZR, which provides 5G virtualized radio network products, aims to start shipping 5G New Radio products for commercial deployments starting in the second quarter of 2019, after the firm received...

JMA Wireless deploys DAS solution at Washington’s Nationals Park stadium

JMA Wireless said it has installed its TEKO DAS in collaboration with system integrator Multipath Communications Group U.S provider of wireless communications solutions JMA Wireless has completed a project which has improved cellular coverage and capacity at Nationals Park, home to the Major League Baseball...

Deutsche Telekom deploys first antennas for 5G cluster in Berlin

  German telco says it will deploy additional 5G cells across more than 20 sites in Berlin Deutsche Telekom announced the deployment of the first 5G antennas to test the technology in downtown Berlin. The antennas, which are based on 5G New Radio (5G NR), allowed Deutsche...

Deutsche Telekom to launch 5G commercial trials this year

Deutsche Telekom also announced a smart energy testbed connected by 5G BARCELONA- Deutsche Telekom expects to launch 5G commercial trials in Europe during 2018, Claudia Nemat, board member for technology and innovation at Deutsche Telekom, told reporters during a press conference at Mobile World Congress...

CommScope launches new ultra-wideband 4×4 MIMO antenna

CommScope has launched a new antenna with a particularly broad range of frequency support, that pushes multiple-input-multiple-output technology on the tower to 4x4 at 1400-2700 MHz, with low-band support at 694-960 MHz as well. Upendra Pingle, VP of CommScope's base station antenna and Heliax product...

5G means big changes for smartphone antennas

The advent of 5G will mean significant changes for smartphone antenna design and location within devices, according to Jeff Shamblin, chief scientist for antenna company Ethertronics. During remarks at the 5G Innovation Summit, Shamblin noted that most current smartphones are configured so that the five...

Adapting phased array antennas for 5G millimeter wave systems

Phased array antennas, traditionally used in aeronautics, defense and satellite communications settings, transmit a signal to a series of coordinated antennas which work together to increase signal strength in a particular direction. Now, the technology is being adapted to meet the needs of service...

Challenges for 5G, gigabit LTE antennas

Both low-band and high-band spectrum expected to fuel gigabit LTE antennas' development AUSTIN, Tex.—Cost, complexity and physical footprint are three of the main challenges for antenna development to support gigabit LTE and future “5G” systems, according to participants in antenna-focused sessions at 5G North America. Earl...

2017 Predictions: 5G and the IoT – what does this mean for antennas?

5G and IoT will continue to be a strong focus of the mobile telecom space in 2017, with antennas expected to be central to ongoing development work. Editor’s Note: With 2017 virtually upon us, RCR Wireless News has gathered predictions from across...

‘Everything is different’ for 5G antennas

"5G" antennas are expected to be smaller, more numerous and part of more high-gain systems than those that have served 3G and 4G systems, and they will need more advanced steering and scanning techniques in order to function well at millimeter wave frequencies. Jeff Shamblin,...

Base station antennas adjusting to meet new LTE spectrum

Consumers are using more and increasingly complex data than ever before. This creates the need for regulators to open up more spectrum for LTE services, operators to deploy in new spectrum as it comes available and vendors to support these efforts. In Europe and the...

Making densification equipment go unnoticed

A conversation about densification with Jim DeKoekkoek, Product Line Manager, Antennas and Small Cells, Kathrein The below is only a summary. Download a transcript of the complete interview and the full report “Massively densified networks. Why we need them and how we can build them.” At Kathrein, densification is...

What is a DAS? Active vs. passive, role of CPRI and more

What is a distributed antenna system? A distributed antenna system is a way to bolster cellular coverage and capacity by installing managed hubs and multiband antennas precisely where demand is greatest. A DAS installation increases the likelihood of strong reception given proximity to the end user...

Antenna concealment could ease small cell deployment

On this episode of HetNet Happenings, host Sean Kinney, managing editor at RCR Wireless News, learns about antenna concealment solutions from Jon Fitzhugh, CEO of Colorado-based ConcealFab. Fitzhugh highlights how concealment solutions can help ease deployments, as well as how it's important to produce...

The future is bright for millimeter wave spectrum

From automotive applications to virtual reality, millimeter wave spectrum could support data hungry applications AUSTIN, Texas – Millimeter wave spectrum has gone from being a moonshot technology to a likely feature of next generation "5G" mobile networks. That’s what Professor Robert Heath of the University of...

LTE antennas: Narrow-beam antennas help with sectorization

LTE antennas are emerging as a key differentiator for mobile operators as they look for ways to get the most out of their 4G networks. Antennas for LTE networks are like the tires on an expensive automobile in that they can make the ultimate...

LTE 101: Best of Breed Antennas Are Key (Sponsored Content)

LTE networks are like thoroughbred race horses compared to their workhorse 3G predecessors. LTE is much faster and more powerful, but easily spooked by noise and interference. “LTE is very sensitive to interference because of higher orders of modulation,” explained CommScope’s Ray Butler, vice president...

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