SOLiD recently announced its launch of RocketWAVE™ 5G mmWave repeaters based on Intel mDR and FPGA technologies. The indoor and outdoor cellular and public safety communications infrastructure provider will use the solution to help address any coverage issues that may come up in the high band spectrum.
Intel’s technology license will enhance SOLiD’s previous investment in and development of 5G mmWave repeater technology. Meanwhile, by teaming up with Intel, SOLiD can use its new partner’s field-proven technology to accelerate the time to market and improve its RocketWAVE™ 5G mmWave repeaters’ features.
“The RocketWAVE™ 5G mmWave repeater solution enables wireless operators to deliver unprecedented speeds and access outdoors as well as inside buildings of all types and sizes,” SOLiD Americas President Ken Sandfeld told Connected Real Estate Magazine.
How RocketWAVE™ 5G mmWave Repeaters will be used
SOLiD and Intel’s collaboration will help enhance coverage for three primary use cases: mobile outdoor urban, mobile in-building and fixed wireless access. Currently, reduced range and easily obstructed high band signals are posing challenges for outdoor urban 5G mmWave coverage. The RocketWAVE™ 5G mmWave repeaters overcome such challenges by extending coverage distance and then retransmitting the signals around obstructions. Working around physical obstacles instead of trying to go through them reduces CAPEX by decreasing the number of required 5G cell sites.
Meanwhile, in-building 5G mmWave mobile coverage isn’t practical with an outside-in macro-cellular approach since high band signals cannot penetrate buildings. The solution—RocketWAVE™ can pull 5G mmWave signals from a rooftop or wall mounted donor antenna and repeat the signals to in-building antennas.
Finally, the fixed wireless access leverages the massive bandwidth of 5G mmWave to provide high-speed and low latency data connections. The problem there is that these connections primarily benefit from line-of-sight conditions from the 5G gNB to consumer premise equipment, which is usually on the building’s windows. The RocketWAVE™ 5G mmWave repeaters can intelligently repeat signals around obstructions like foliage, buildings and natural terrain to extend line-of-sight conditions and overcome network coverage gaps to sidestep the issue.
SOLiD, Intel alliance will help make the RocketWAVE™ a success
SOLiD created its new solution based on the Intel 5G mmWave Distributed Relay (mDR) technology assets and field-proven Intel Cyclone FPGAs.
“Integrating Intel’s technology will accelerate the development of RocketWAVE™ mmWave repeaters, which are a critical component of 5G deployments,” Sandfeld said in a statement. “Our RocketWAVE™ repeater will soon provide flexibility to the operators for ease of installation and maintenance through its unique and powerful cloud-based management software.”
“SOLiD’s development on Intel’s mDR and Intel Cyclone® FPGA series can aid in overcoming connectivity challenges inherent in the mmWave bands,” Intel Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Next Generation and Standards Asha Keddy said in a statement.
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