Tuesday, 26 February 2019 11:18

NetComm pushes 5G self-install tech at MWC

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NetComm Wireless director of Marketing and Communications Els Baert has told MWC 2019 in Barcelona that operators will need to deploy self-installation technology to deliver successful 5G fixed wireless services.

Baert told a breakfast panel on 5G and the fixed wireless access opportunity alongside executives from US operator Verizon and European giant Orange: “Fixed wireless is fundamentally a fixed broadband service which means the connectivity to the network needs to be as stable as possible. Aligning the modem is therefore of utmost importance to get the best possible service."

She said when deploying 5G fixed wireless at scale, it would be impossible to send a professional installer to connect every customer as it was too expensive and operators would be unable to scale up activations fast enough.

“By using professional installation techniques, simplified in an application that can be used by the end-user, operators now have the ability to meet both the need for a qualitative connection and improved end-user experience by allowing self-installation," Baert said.

NetComm launched its self-install 5G technology in January and showed it off at MWC on Monday.

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Els Baert at MWC with the NetComm 5G self-install platform.

“What’s more, self-install is great for end-users because they simply don’t want to have to wait at home all day waiting for an engineer to turn up to activate their service," said Baert.

“We know from the early ‘pre-standard’ 5G fixed wireless services that we have seen that operators simply must have Self-Install available in order to have a viable business case for 5G Fixed Wireless.

“5G fixed wireless will allow operators to use their existing network and spectrum assets to deliver ultra-fast broadband to their customers and create a new revenue stream alongside their existing mobile revenues.

“Self-install has just improved the business case so that operators can now target a wider audience.”

The NetComm 5G self-install platform has the following options:

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.

Outdoor roof mount: Installed on the roof and use high quality directional antennas to allow for an extra reach from the base station with good connectivity.

Last week, NetComm announced that it had come to an agreement with US-based Casa Systems to be acquired for a total consideration of $161 million in cash.

Photos: courtesy NetComm

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