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October 04

Race for 5G Stresses Need for Multi-Band Ecosystem

It’s no secret – the race to 5G is on and opportunity is expansive. A recent summit at the White House brought together wireless industry professionals, where FCC chairman Ajit Pai stressed the importance of the United States striving to harness the next-generation’s full potential first. While the U.S. may currently be in the lead, Pai says other countries are on America’s heels range for deployment. With time running out until the U.S. is surpassed, the summit also acknowledged the need for freeing up commercial use spaces on low- to mid-band spectrum levels. This will allow for public cellular to remain supported, despite the exponential increase in network demand.

The frequencies at play – from the 600MHz to 2600MHz bands to CBRS/OnGo’s and other bands in 3.4-3.8 GHz range are driving the need for wireless infrastructure that is capable of full spectrum interoperability in order to deliver a superlative wireless ecosystem. Zinwave’s distributed antenna system (DAS) provides exactly that, over the industry’s simplest architecture, allowing for network access for all currently available frequencies, including those reserved for first responder usage, cellular and CBRS and 5G applications. Not only does this solve for the connectivity demand of today’s consumers and provide an added level of safety, but it also enables the enterprise to deploy private LTE networks to support the scalability of IoT deployments that are driving business-critical objectives; and readies the enterprise for the path to 5G.

Zinwave offers a DAS solution capable of accessing future wireless needs with simple software updates, which will keep the enterprise moving forward, rather than stagnating or wondering how and under what costs near future upgrades would be deployed. By deploying an all fiber wideband in-building DAS solution, office buildings, hotels, large venues, and transportation hubs are able to provide the means for strong cellular connectivity, regardless of where it may be needed within the facility and enables them to support evolving IoT and 5G applications in the future.

Access to wireless networks will continue to be a driver of business success or potential demise. From leasing office space to improving employee productivity, connectivity has become a key consideration for potential tenants and employees. As the accessible spectrum continues to expand with the introduction of next generation network offerings, decision makers across all industries must consider how they can best solve for a fully connected wireless ecosystem.

Whether it’s access to low-, mid-, or high-band frequencies, the secret is out –the race to 5G will be won by a wireless ecosystem that supports full spectrum interoperability. Optimizing for the current and future network landscape will be the difference between success and failure as we enter a new era of connectivity demand.

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