SureCall, a developer of 5G network signal boosters, has set a new record for data speeds using Verizon’s 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) network.
The field test used SureCall’s Horizon signal booster, also known as a repeater, to reach 3 GB/s of data speed showing how boosters can boost speed and connectivity for all 5G mmWave carriers.
The team tested download and upload speeds for Verizon’s 5G UWB network. Without the signal booster, mmWave data speeds were not found as man-made obstructions were blocking the 5G UWB signals. With the Horizon repeater, measuring from multiple distances from the 5G mmWave base station, both speed and signal strength improved.
At 100 meters from the Horizon signal booster, where normally there was no Verizon 5G signal, the repeater provided nearly 3 GB of data speed.
The tests were completed in San Jose, California, where the base station was transmitting more than 3 GB/s at 100 meters. The Horizon signal booster was placed 100 meters from the base station and repeated the signal 100 meters away.
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.
This is especially important when it comes to mmWave because the signal has trouble penetrating objects such as walls, trees, buildings and more. The Horizon signal booster allows carriers to increase the coverage area of a single base station by boosting the signal in multiple directions to overcome obstructions and fill in coverage gaps.