Globalstar's parent company slowly stirs 5G assets
Posted on March 10, 2021 by Pivotal Commware
Globalstar said it is working with Xcom to explore ways it can boost capacity in Band 53, particularly in areas where there could be a lot of traffic such as arenas, airports and multi-tenant buildings. And not only is Thermo working with Xcom on Band 53 capacity, it is also an investor. Pickens said Thermo participated in Xcom's Series A round of funding.
But there's more. Thermo is also an investor in Pivotal Commware, the millimeter-wave (mmWave) startup that is also backed by Bill Gates. Pickens is a member of Pivotal's board.
Pivotal uses holographic beamforming (HBF) to address shortfalls in existing beamforming technology by using software-enabled antennas to narrow the beams so they have better propagation. This also creates less interference. And because the beams are so precisely pinpointed, the spectrum can be reused, making it more efficient.
Pivotal has been working closely with Verizon, which is aggressively deploying 5G using mmWave spectrum, but it's also eying other spectrum bands. Pivotal CEO Brian Deutsch said in a press release that the company plans to expand beyond mmWave spectrum and to other bands, including Band 53 and the C-band.
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