UScellular | June 24, 2022
UScellular and Ericsson revealed today that they have commenced altitude 5G testing utilizing drone technology. These are the first of their type using UScellular's 5G network, and they pave the way for future use cases of cellular-connected drones in a range of sectors.
Initial visible line of sight experiments were carried out in Beloit, Wisconsin, with a drone flying between two of UScellular's commercial 5G towers. All throughout flights at various altitudes, the drone was supplied with a 5G smartphone and RF measuring equipment to gather performance data such as signal strength and quality, upload and download rates, and latency. The original trial's purpose was to capture and evaluate network connectivity and speed data in the air, compare it to the speeds observed on the ground, and eventually establish what is necessary for the future use and success of 5G connected drones.
"Testing our wireless connections at altitude can set the stage for future connectivity of drones in the air, providing command and control capability along with enabling real-time image and data sharing to be easier, faster and safer. We believe that our network can help drones fly in an optimal way if they have connectivity, and with Ericsson's support, we will continue to drive innovation that can help enhance our customers' wireless experience,"
Narothum Saxena, vice president of technology strategy and architecture at UScellular
"Drone technology offers a wide scope of new opportunities in today's market. Our testing with UScellular is a huge step for advanced connected drones use cases that will benefit society and businesses. Ericsson Connected Drone Testing and Ericsson Device Analytics enables service providers to move forward with proven solutions and provides UScellular with an industry-leading set of capabilities for connected drone testing to support the commercial operation of drones over 5G networks," said Jossie Prochilo, Vice President and Key Account Manager, UScellular Account for Ericsson North America.
TDK | May 30, 2022
TDK Corporation today announced that its subsidiary TDK Ventures, Inc. has decided to invest in wireless communications disruptor XCOM Labs to accelerate the development of their 5G and wireless communications solutions, which prioritize bandwidth capacity, latency reduction/elimination, and compute load balancing. XCOM is developing wireless technologies to allow smart manufacturing, automation, off-site training, and more immersive telework experiences in the future of work and Industry 4.0. This extends beyond medical, entertainment, and even defense applications to aid in the training and preparation of military troops. Many of the breakthrough technologies seen in the 2G/3G/4G revolutions were developed by XCOM's leadership team, which included Dr. Paul Jacobs, Derek Aberle, and Matt Grob.
As present infrastructure cannot keep up with the need for 5G and wireless infrastructure, there is a large demand for further growth and adoption of supporting technologies. Each "G" generation signifies an effort to increase wireless transmission speed, capacity, and overall value. This necessitates not only hardware and software improvements, but also the use of either frequency spectra in new and novel waves or very new frequency bands. The balance of energy, frequency, and transmission is one of several compromises. Higher frequency – and consequently energy signals – can transport more information in less time but degrade faster over distance. In terms of infrastructure, this implies that more transmitting "nodes" in the network are required to convey higher frequency signals over a given region.
XCOM is developing technologies that will level the playing field. Their solutions aim to increase spectrum capacity and utility by more than tenfold, allowing the potential promised by 5G and next-generation developers to become a reality. XCOM, for example, is developing further to take digital transformation to the next level via extended reality (XR). They are building a high throughput, low latency wireless technology to enable seamless virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences utilizing a globally accessible 60GHz millimeter wave spectrum. What was previously constrained by the necessity for heavy processing equipment nearby or the poor throughput of smartphone processing is now becoming a full system capable of immersing the user in a metaverse or digital world environment. This will be a significant advancement in the integration of edge computing processing to deliver a more natural user experience.
The XCOM team is set on continuing our tradition of excellence and innovating in the wireless space. We understand how important high throughput/low latency is for the future of compute-heavy applications and are working to deliver those capabilities to create real and positive change in our world and industry applications. Our XR technologies are evidence of this progress and show that seamless processing through edge computing can deliver a truly immersive and agile VR/AR system fit for business, entertainment, and more."
XCOM's Dr. Jacobs
TDK Ventures shares XCOM's dedication to digital transformation for a better, more sustainable future. TDK Ventures will assist XCOM with scaling the effect of their technology by using their network connections, industry partners, and linking XCOM to other TDK business divisions. The platform team at TDK Ventures also offers early product validation, pilots, customer/channel/ecosystem access, market knowledge, operational experience (e.g., materials, manufacturing, fabless, supply chain), and go-to-market/branding coaching.
PCTEL, Inc | July 19, 2022
PCTEL, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCTI), a leading global provider of wireless technology solutions, announced multimillion dollar orders of 5G scanning receivers from two of its largest network testing solution OEM customers. The orders include Gflex® and HBflex™ scanning receivers, and will be delivered by the end of 2022.
“We are grateful to our customers and thrilled with the growing demand for PCTEL test and measurement solutions from network operators and regulators around the world,These orders are clear evidence that the market recognizes the unique value of our flagship Gflex scanning receiver as a compact, future-proof solution that can keep up with the rapid growth and evolution of 5G networks.”
-Arnt Arvik, PCTEL’s Vice President and Chief Sales Officer.
The Gflex scanning receiver was designed specifically to meet the complex demands of multi-carrier 5G network testing across multiple sub-8 GHz and mmWave bands in a single lightweight, portable unit. It is the first purpose-built walk and drive test scanner to support every 5G band as currently defined in the 3GPP release 17, and the first capable of measuring the full bandwidth of a 100 MHz 5G channel.
PCTEL scanning receivers support a wide variety of cellular and public safety network testing applications, including network planning, deployment, optimization, troubleshooting, interference hunting, and benchmarking for both in-building and outdoor networks.
PCTEL is a leading global provider of wireless technology solutions, including purpose-built Industrial IoT devices, antenna systems, and test and measurement products. Trusted by our customers for over 25 years, we solve complex wireless challenges to help organizations stay connected, transform, and grow.