Verizon deploys network repeaters to expand 5G mmWave coverage
Posted on April 8, 2021 by Pivotal Commware
Last year, SureCall Founder & CEO Hongtao Zhan told RCR Wireless News that he believes that in five years, a staggering 80% of millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G networks will be made up of signal amplifiers, such as repeaters or boosters. While that remains to be seen, an announcement from Verizon that it intends to use signal repeaters from SureCall, as well as FRTek, to increase its 5G Ultra Wideband — or mmWave — coverage does indicate expanding interest in these types of solutions.
“Since initially launching 5G service more than two years ago, we have more than doubled coverage in many of our initial mmWave markets by adding significantly more small cells,” said Adam Koeppe, senior vice president of planning and technology for Verizon. “Now, by deploying signal repeaters to bolster the existing network’s performance, we will continue to extend the service of our 5G Ultra Wideband network in a cost-effective, fast and efficient way, extending service to even more customers. It’s a great addition to our robust network design.”
Last May, Verizon partnered with Pivotal Commware to conduct trials in Dearborn, Michigan that improve 5G coverage and performance for residents and visitors by strategically placing intelligent repeaters to enhance and boost Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wide Band signal. When news of its partnership with Verizon was revealed, Pivotal Commware’s CEO Brian Deutsch explained that the company believes that the massive bandwidth available at mmWave frequencies is necessary to achieve the immersive ultra-wideband 5G experience that Verizon’s network promises.
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