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February 21

Mobile World Congress 2019 Preview

Today’s wireless ecosystem is rapidly evolving, and each year the innovation is on display at Mobile World Congress. In a few days, the biggest players in the industry, from consumer devices to network infrastructure, will come together in Barcelona not only to showcase the newest IoT technology, but also to address the trends shaping the world’s mobile future. Much like last year, it will be difficult to come across a showcase, keynote, or discussion that doesn’t tie it all back into 5G.

This year’s take on 5G, however, will build on last year’s in the sense that it won’t only be the technology’s potential – but also be how the industry will bring access into full-scale reality. There is no debate on the benefits 5G will provide end users – speed, flexibility, and agility for enhanced mobile performance – but the key point of discussion at MWC this year will be what is needed to support 5G deployment.

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    Because 5G will operate at high frequencies which do not penetrate solid objects well, robust network infrastructure will be critical for ushering in the next wireless revolution.

Because 5G will operate at high frequencies which do not penetrate solid objects well, robust network infrastructure will be critical for ushering in the next wireless revolution.

As higher frequencies become more important, the challenge becomes how to solve for the physics of sending the network signals meaningful distances. Bringing 5G indoors is going to pose a significant challenge due to this reality, and supporting the way in which carriers will deliver the network to end-users will be critical for deployment. Not only is Zinwave prepared for the network requirements of this next generation from a hardware capability standpoint, but also in the approach to in-building connectivity Our DAS brings wireless signals into a building and distributes them through the network, enabling cellular and public safety connectivity indoors where signals would not otherwise reach.

One of the most important pieces of the connectivity puzzle will be how to bring that signal from outside to the building’s primary hub indoors, which requires an RF Base Station. In Barcelona this year, Zinwave will be announcing an O-RAN base station that streamlines the RF Base Station component of the DAS and enable buildings to easily take advantage of 5G networks as O-RAN technology develops over the next few years.

Discovering the best way to solve for in-building network access will be a talking point for many discussions about 5G at MWC this year. Our very own Slavko Djukic will be presenting at the FierceWireless luncheon to elaborate on the future of 5G and the importance of establishing the infrastructure necessary for bringing 5G indoors.

Zinwave is excited for the future of 5G and we’re prepared to support the next evolution of wireless technology. We look forward to attending the show, and on behalf of the entire team at Zinwave, we look forward to seeing you in Barcelona.

 

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