Mobile Devices

Verizon deploys 5G network repeaters to expand coverage

07 April 2021

One way to increase the coverage of 5G technology in cities without installing costly base stations is by adding signal repeaters and that is why Verizon will deploy a series of network repeaters from FRTek and SureCall.

The network repeaters will be used to expand coverage for its 5G Ultra Wideband, 5G Home and 5G Business Internet, delivering up to 4 Gbps in some places and allowing users to download and stream movies and TV show in seconds, to videoconference and to collaborate in real time.

A network repeater takes signals from nearby cell sites, amplifies the signals from those sites and retransmits them to areas without coverage or to underserved areas. Repeaters are beneficial in dense urban areas with multiple buildings and floors like apartment buildings and dormitories. Installing repeaters between the cell site and the area being served can amplify the signal and increase the 5G footprint, Verizon said.

The 5G repeaters from FRTek and SureCall are small and consume less energy than a small cell and do not require a fiber connection, which makes them versatile, cost-effective and capable of being installed in a variety of areas, Verizon said.

“Since initially launching 5G service more than two years ago, we have more than doubled coverage in many of our initial mmWave markets by adding significantly more small cells,” said Adam Koeppe, senior vice president of planning and technology for Verizon. “Now, by deploying signal repeaters to bolster the existing network’s performance, we will continue to extend the service of our 5G Ultra Wideband network in a cost-effective, fast and efficient way, extending service to even more customers.”

Verizon’s 5G business uses a fixed 5G receiver to allow business owners to access broadband speeds. Repeaters will allow home and business users to extend coverage of current deployment to more areas that may not have coverage now or to areas with poor reception.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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