mmWave Production Ready Solutions for Rapid 5G Deployment

Article By : Nitin Dahad

New products span all major licensed mmWave 5G bands including 24/26/28/39 GHz for repeaters, ORAN, small cells, CPE and mobile...

Having previously deployed its mmWave smart active repeaters to customers like Verizon for its 5G rollout, Movandi has announced it now has a complete portfolio of production-ready 5G RF front-end and active repeater products across all major mmWave bands for Tier 1 operators looking to deploy 5G.

The company said its new family of products based on its patented BeamX mmWave technology now span all major licensed mmWave bands in the global market including 24/26/28/39 GHz frequencies for repeaters, ORAN, small cells, CPE and mobile.

Movandi BeamX RF front end and repeater
Maryam Rofougaran

Speaking to EE Times, Maryam Rofougaran, CEO and co-founder of Movandi, said, “With all our chipsets specifically designed from the ground up using a whole system approach, and with our own antenna design, we now have a complete family that can fully address the needs of mmWave 5G applications. As a result, we are seeing a lot of interest for mmWave from operators and OEMs in the US, Japan and some in Europe.”

A major challenge facing 5G deployments today is that the available sub-6-GHz spectrum does not support the latency and throughput required to deliver the optimal performance and services required by advanced applications and simultaneous users. Current sub-6-GHz 5G networks provide minimal improvement over existing 4G LTE networks and fail to deliver on the promise of 5G coverage, performance and latency in dense urban environments and crowded event venues. To realize the full value and benefits of 5G, operators must deploy mmWave solutions at scale.

Movandi has responded to the challenge by delivering what it claims are the first mmWave RF front-end solutions and smart active repeaters that enable the high performance, broad coverage and high availability end users expect from 5G networks.  BeamX-based active repeaters, for example, can increase the coverage of mmWave base stations by 90 percent for less than 40 percent of the capex cost and with only 10 percent of the opex of existing technologies. BeamX technology provides more than 10x the performance for customer premises equipment (CPE) than existing 5G solutions. Movandi also said its mmWave solutions can accelerate 5G network deployment by years by reducing the need to run fiber to every small cell tower.

The company’s BeamXR addresses the issue of 5G coverage limitations caused by the propagation characteristics of radio signals at millimeter wave frequency bands. Millimeter waves are unable to penetrate physical barriers, including buildings and trees. That makes it hard to provide effective indoor coverage as well. The inability to go through objects means 5G requires line-of-sight, or strong indirect beam. With the BeamXR active router, millimeter wave signals can be boosted to penetrate buildings or bend the signal around a building.  It essentially distributes a 5G signal more effectively, enabling greater coverage while supporting low latency in hard-to-reach places.

While the company didn’t reveal full technical details of its products, Movandi said its comprehensive mmWave solutions include RF chipsets (transceivers, converters and synthesizers), antennas and algorithms integrated in a modular platform that delivers a complete front-end design for 5G systems. The mmWave platform is baseband agnostic, enabling Movandi to partner with leading 5G solution providers and carriers worldwide.

“We’re continuing to push the boundaries of what’s possible to deploy 5G mmWave cost effectively at scale with global operators,” said Rofougaran. “By holistically tailoring the 5G radio as a complete system, we have optimized the performance of our mmWave solutions to a far greater degree than ever before. When integrated into systems such as Verizon’s recently announced 5G extender, our mmWave solutions can enable full coverage and more than double or even triple range in many cases.”

Movandi 5G repeater
A 5G extender smart repeater built on Movandi’s BeamXR mmWave technology (Image: Movandi)

Her brother, who is CTO and co-founder of the company, Reza Rofougaran, added, “Movandi’s mmWave solutions enable complete, end-to-end 5G connectivity, extending from base stations to the customer premises. The industry will realize the full value of 5G when mmWave coverage is ubiquitous, both indoors and outdoors. End users benefit from enhanced performance and security when they can remain in the highest performing network powered by mmWave technology instead of frequently switching between Wi-Fi, 4G LTE and 5G networks.”

Movandi’s mmWave solutions address the full range of 5G applications including open radio access network (O-RAN) and virtualized RAN (vRAN) radio units (RUs), small cells, repeaters, CPE devices, and mobile hot spots, tablets and smartphones. In addition, Movandi’s solutions can enable non-5G mmWave applications such as fixed-wireless networks and satellite communications in Ka-band frequencies.

Movandi’s 5G radio solutions support a wide range of mmWave frequencies for global markets including 24 GHz in the US, 26 GHz in Europe and Australia, 28 GHz in Japan, Korea and the US, and 39 GHz in the US. High-band mmWave frequencies enable the ultra-high speeds and low latency that will deliver on the promise of 5G. According to the GSMA, the 26 GHz and 28 GHz frequencies have emerged as two of the most important 5G spectrum bands. These frequencies offer the widest harmonization with minimal user equipment complexity and have garnered strong international support and momentum.

Movandi is offering complete 5G mmWave reference designs, demos and trial opportunities to help customers reduce development costs and accelerate time to market.

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