Wednesday, 30 January 2019 06:08

NetComm launches 5G fixed wireless self-installation tech

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Networking solutions provider NetComm Wireless has launched 5G fixed wireless self-installation technology that it claims will reduce the time taken and cost incurred for operators to connect customers to ultra-fast broadband.

The company said in a statement that though fixed wireless had been touted as one of the early uses of 5G, the fact that an external antenna needed to be installed to connect people was seen as a limiting factor.

This would make the deployment at large scale unprofitable and the new NetComm 5G self-install platform provided a cost-effective plug-and-play model, the company claimed.

The platform used a phone app that connected to the modem and the 5G network and guided users as to the best position for modem location.

As there are different spectrum bands and cell sizes used for 5G, NetComm said it had developed a number of devices which supported both sub-6GHz bands and mmWave.

These devices are:

  • Indoor desk mount: Can be installed anywhere in the home and is most suitable in locations close to the base station for homes that already have a decent signal strength;
  • Indoor window mount: Can be installed on the window to improve the signal quality and therefore the connection;
  • Outdoor wall mount: These devices also use directional antennae to allow for a longer reach and location further away from the base station. NetComm offers both a self-install outdoor wall mount as well one which requires engineer installation; and
  • Outdoor roof mount: Installed on the roof and uses high quality directional antennas to allow for an extra reach from the base station with good connectivity.

NetComm marketing and communications director Els Baert said: “NetComm is delivering the missing piece of the jigsaw that will help enable mass market 5G fixed wireless take-up.

“No new technology can succeed unless there is an easy way to deploy it and our self-install platform is a game-changer for the economics of 5G fixed wireless.

“It is great for end-users as they don’t have to stay home waiting for a technician to turn up – they can get online in minutes once they have plugged in their hardware.

“We have worked to make sure that our 5G fixed wireless platform delivers an exceptional connection quality on a level with what end-users have come to expect from fixed-broadband services delivered over fibre or cable.”

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