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CES 2022: 5G mmWave smart repeater partnership formed

05 January 2022

As 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) technology proliferates, the need for signal boosters will be critical for businesses and homes that will use 5G in offices and for fixed wireless access inside homes.

To that end, Movandi and Doosan Group have formed a partnership to design, manufacture and deliver 5G mmWave smart repeater modules based on Movandi’s BeamXR technology.

The announcement was made at CES 2022 taking place this week in Las Vegas and Movandi will be showcasing its 5G RF-to-antenna technology and the latest 26 GHz MV285x mmWave module.

The partnership will develop and deliver 5G platforms including O-RAN RU radio units, small cells and mobile devices to global providers of 5G mmWave network repeater equipment.

Movandi’s BeamXR 5G smart repeater technology was recognized as a CES 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree in the embedded technologies category.

Movandi expanded its BeamXR smart repeaters to include the mmWave spectrum up to 60 GHz in 2020 and its portfolio includes sub-6 GHz RF modules, new mesh indoor and outdoor software with cloud intelligence and outdoor solar-powered smart repeater support.

Smart repeaters take 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.

This is especially important with mmWave technology as the spectrum has trouble penetrating objects such as trees, walls or buildings, which obviously is a problem with indoor coverage. Smart repeaters expand the network to close the coverage gap by providing specific clusters around areas where 5G is action rather than a general geography.

(Learn more about 5G technology with Globalspec)

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