Over the past decade, the U.S. wireless carrier market has seen its fair share of mergers, leading to four major carriers sitting atop the consumer offering menu. The recent announcement that T-Mobile and Sprint plan to merge still has to be approved by regulators, but if the attempt is successful, the unification of networks is sure to make waves within the industry in major ways.
By knitting their network assets together, the companies stand to leverage a diverse swath of wireless bands, such as T-Mobile’s extensive 600MHz investments and Sprint’s 2.5GHz buildout. If realized, the new carrier will have an opportunity to offer the highest capacity mobile network in national history.
The simultaneous use of carrier frequencies is a concept that bridges the gap between 4G LTE and 5G networks and is called “carrier aggregation.” With the aggregation of each carriers’ spectrum, both in the long range but relatively low bandwidth low frequencies, and the high bandwidth but relatively short range high frequencies, the new mega-carrier will make significant strides in rolling out a legitimate 5G network.
So where does Zinwave fit into the picture? Zinwave’s distributed antenna system (DAS) for indoor cellular wireless connectivity ensures cellular connectivity remains constant in the all-important indoor environment. This will be critical as all carriers experiment with the high frequency end of their 5G deployments where DAS functions as a key delivery method for bringing 5G signals indoors where they would typically be blocked.
Zinwave’s patented DAS technology is the only solution that allows the network to be configured for all common cellular frequencies simultaneously from 150MHz-2.7GHz, as well as the high frequency 3.5GHz-6.0GHz range.
But there’s another important angle to look at here, and it’s a story Zinwave and its customers see played out on a regular basis. The wireless industry moves at a fast pace, and carriers are always expanding their network to meet demand. Zinwave customers have long benefited from Zinwave’s wideband technology which allows an existing network to be upgraded through simple software updates. When T-Mobile first acquired the license for 600MHz across much of the country, Zinwave customers take comfort knowing that they only needed a simple software adjustment (executed remotely to take advantage of the expansion.
Imagine, then, the dismay of a DAS customer who just invested in a competitor’s solution to cover T-Mobile or Sprint for their location. Could there be any greater buyer’s remorse than knowing that they now only have access to half of their carrier’s spectrum without having to invest in costly hardware and software upgrades? How much will it cost to install new hardware to cover the other carrier’s share and how will that impact existing systems? And what about the next time there’s a shift in wireless coverage?
Once again, we see the true advantage to the enterprise of Zinwave’s wideband DAS solution as it is designed to consider and solve for future connectivity needs. The volatility and constant expansion of the wireless industry is a proven factor when it comes to considering connectivity systems. Doesn’t it make sense to implement the only solution that solves for it from day one?