5G Strategies of T-Mobile US, Sprint Hinge on Merger

SDxCentral | January 26, 2020

T-Mobile US and Sprint have spent the better part of the last two years hoping and planning to merge into a combined entity, but now that the outcome of that effort rests with a federal judge, the future of both companies is unclear. If the merger is blocked and the operators remain separate companies, their respective 5G plans are going to evolve considerably and quickly. “T-Mobile is in a more favorable position than Sprint” because it enjoys a stronger balance sheet and the wherewithal to push forward with 5G, said Lynnette Luna, principal analyst at GlobalData Technology. “However, T-Mobile will then be relegated to deploying 5G in low-band and [millimeter-wave] spectrum, and would need to acquire mid-band spectrum that is now seen as the Holy Grail of 5G deployments given its propagation capabilities and faster data speeds.”

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A new virtual mobile operator in France - Zadarma

Zadarma | January 18, 2022

Zadarma Cloud telecommunications provider has become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator in France. It now offers its own French mobile numbers with access to phone calls and SMS. The MNVO market in France has been well-established for a number of years already, but in 2022 Zadarma is coming with a disruptive approach that does not limit customers use of services and comes at a competitive price with no connection fees. "It is a significant achievement and a meaningful step aligned with our company mission to provide seamless and affordable communication to people and businesses." -Chief of Marketing speaking about Zadarma becoming an MNVO Virtual numbers are a powerful tool for both personal use and business growth and representation. About Zadarma It is a leading cloud telecom provider in Europe and around the world. Zadarma offers a vast range of voice communication services from virtual numbers in 100 countries, Cloud PBX, free CRM system to integrations with helpdesk and CRM platforms, call tracking and speech recognition services. Zadarma has 15 years of experience in the VoIP industry and is entrusted by over 2 million users from 170 countries.Until May 1, 2022, the monthly fee for French mobile numbers is discounted by 50%.

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Wilson Electronics Launches Industry’s First 5G Cellular Signal Repeater to Support Verizon and AT&T C-band Rollout

Wilson Electronics | February 07, 2022

Wilson Electronics, the industry leader in cellular signal repeater technology, announced the launch of the industry’s first enterprise-grade 5G C-band repeater, the Enterprise 1337R. Compatible with Verizon and AT&T’s mid-band 5G frequencies operating at 3.7 to 3.8 GHz, the Enterprise 1337R will be available for testing and pre-order later in Q1 2022 and orders will open in Q2 2022. It can immediately amplify outdoor 5G C-band signal and rebroadcast it inside any commercial building, including retailers, restaurants, warehouses, office buildings, financial institutions, government buildings, hotels, multi-unit dwellings, and more.Verizon and AT&T just launched 5G C-band on January 19 and its rollout will affect nearly every industry looking to take advantage of 5G, from healthcare to retail and hospitality, education, commercial real estate, manufacturing, and more. Mid-band 5G spectrum waves are lower frequency than 5G’s high-band mmWave and have a greater range. Because these frequencies will balance the need for fast data and more connected devices with longer range, C-band is the future of 5G for most of the world. However, C-band signal comes with its own set of challenges. Lightning-fast 5G frequencies sacrifice distance and strength, often resulting in uneven, spotty indoor coverage. Cellular signal repeaters solve this issue by detecting, extending and amplifying the existing in-building coverage. “When C-band rolls out, we will be ready with the first-to-market Enterprise 1337R, Wherever there are barriers to cell signal, repeater technology will be essential to a network’s functionality. With the launch of the Enterprise 1337R, we are looking forward to helping make the promise of 5G a reality so businesses nationwide can support strong, uninterrupted in-building 5G C-band signal from Verizon and AT&T.” -Bruce Lancaster, CEO of Wilson Electronics The Enterprise 1337R is available as a standalone 5G C-band-exclusive repeater and can be used on its own or as an add-on to any existing Enterprise 1300 or Enterprise 4300 repeater system. Two separate versions of the Enterprise 1337R are available - one for users looking to amplify Verizon’s 5G C-band frequencies and one for users that would like to enhance AT&T’s 5G C-band frequencies. Carrier approval is required to turn on and begin using the Enterprise 1337R. The Enterprise 1337R features automatic Time Division Duplex (TDD) synchronization, which instantly amplifies C-band signal and requires no additional backhaul to extend 5G in a building. Its built-in LTE connectivity provides access to the WilsonPro Cloud, which enables users to remotely manage the 1337R and receive real-time performance reports and system alerts on any connected device. The Enterprise 1337R also features Software Defined Filtering (SDF), which automatically targets the specific network to amplify. One of WilsonPro’s most customizable repeaters, the Enterprise 1337R features two indoor and two outdoor antenna ports for a flexible setup that can support 2x2 multiple input / multiple output (MIMO) or split-mode setup for maximum bandwidth. It requires indoor and outdoor C-band antennas and 50-ohm coaxial cable with N-type connectors. WilsonPro will supply upgraded antennas with the Enterprise 1337R that will cover the full range of 600MHz to 4000MHz in a single antenna. The Enterprise 1337R fits into any standard 2U enterprise rack. Proudly designed, assembled and shipped in the USA, the repeater includes an industry-leading three-year manufacturer’s warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee. The WilsonPro Enterprise 1337R is available for testing and pre-order later in Q1. To learn more about how WilsonPro can help solve 5G C-band issues with the Enterprise 1337R, visit https://www.wilsonpro.com/products/enterprise-1337r. About WilsonPro and Wilson Electronics, LLC Wilson Electronics, LLC, home of WilsonPro and weBoost, is a market leader in cellular signal repeater technology, dedicated to delivering the best 5G wireless network coverage to everyone, everywhere. From WilsonPro commercial signal repeaters to weBoost cell phone signal boosters for homes, vehicles, small businesses, and fleets, Wilson Electronics knows what it takes to optimize wireless communications. Carrier networks, enterprises, and consumers can easily reap the benefits of the entire 5G spectrum with its innovative indoor and outdoor amplification technology. Since 1987, Wilson Electronics has been the #1 brand for cellular signal repeaters. The company is constantly improving upon its technology by working closely with the FCC, forward-thinking engineers, and inspired designers. With 30+ years of experience and 80+ patents, at Wilson Electronics, we don’t just improve existing wireless communications technology. We invent it. All Wilson Electronics products are designed, assembled, and tested in the USA. For more information, visit https://www.wilsonpro.com/.

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Sequans to Expand 4G and 5G Partnership with Renesas

Sequans | January 06, 2022

Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS), a leading provider of cellular IoT chips and modules, announced an expansion of its existing 4G/5G licensing agreements with Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723, "Renesas"), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, granting special rights to Renesas that strengthen the go-to-market opportunities for Sequans' LTE-M/NB-IoT Monarch 2 and Taurus 5G platforms. In particular, by building on Renesas' extensive sales, distribution and customer support capabilities, the deal allows Sequans to expand its serviceable addressable market to India. Additionally, Renesas will take a small equity stake in Sequans, and Renesas' Executive Vice President and Head of IoT and Infrastructure business unit, Dr. Sailesh Chittipeddi, will be nominated for election to the Sequans board of directors at the June 2022 shareholder meeting. The combined value of the business agreements and the equity investment, which is expected to close by January 14, 2022 subject to customary closing conditions, is approximately $20 million. These multi-year agreements are designed to allow Sequans and Renesas to achieve several mutually beneficial goals. First, the agreements provide better control of manufacturing and product cost, which is especially important given the current supply challenges. Second, the agreements reinforce the joint product offerings and expand market opportunities. Third, the equity stake and board seat facilitate management alignment to strengthen the partnership and make the joint business successful. "We are pleased to further strengthen our relationship with Renesas with both the LTE-M/NB-IoT and 5G businesses, as well as the opportunity to add Dr. Chittipeddi to the Sequans board,The expanded agreements reinforce our sales strategy and provide access to numerous new opportunities with a unique competitive solution while allowing us to leverage Renesas' strong global brand and manufacturing advantages." -Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans. Renesas values Sequans' comprehensive cellular IoT offering, which brings our global customers and us advanced 4G/5G IoT capabilities that can address the broadest scope of applications and develop new markets with unique needs," said Dr. Sailesh Chittipeddi. "Our deepening collaboration with Sequans enhances our global presence with best-in-class cellular IoT solutions. About Sequans Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a leading developer and supplier of cellular IoT connectivity solutions, providing chips and modules for 5G/4G massive and broadband IoT. For 5G/4G massive IoT applications, Sequans provides a comprehensive product portfolio based on its flagship Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT and Calliope Cat 1 chip platforms, featuring industry-leading low power consumption, a large set of integrated functionalities, and global deployment capability. For 5G/4G broadband IoT applications, Sequans offers a product portfolio based on its Cassiopeia Cat 4/Cat 6 4G and high-end Taurus 5G chip platforms, optimized for low-cost residential, enterprise, and industrial applications. Founded in 2003, Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Finland, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. Visit Sequans online at www.sequans.com, and follow us on Twitter and Linked-In.

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KYOCERA Develops Transmissive Metasurface Technology That Redirects Wireless Signals for Improved 5G and 6G Performance

KYOCERA | April 19, 2022

Kyocera Corporation has developed a Transmissive Metasurface technology that can redirect wireless network signals in a specific direction to improve the coverage area and performance of 5G and eventually 6G networks. The Transmissive Metasurface will help deliver high-frequency millimeter-wave 5G and 6G to places where communication is impossible due to obstacles, expanding service areas beyond the capability of conventional Reflective Metasurface technologies used today. Development Background The 28 GHz band used in 5G networks, and the higher frequency band being studied for 6G, have a high degree of rectilinear propagation. Signals often cannot reach locations where a direct line of sight to the base station is obstructed. Reflective Metasurface technology offers a very limited ability to change the direction of a signal to reach these areas. To solve this issue and expand performance, Kyocera developed a new Transmissive Metasurface technology that can redirect radio waves at smaller angles to extend targeted network coverage. Features: Transmissive Metasurface Technology 1) Kyocera expands the direction in which radio signals can be redirected Radio waves striking a conventional Reflective Metasurface device can be redirected at a wide angle, but not at narrow angles beyond the metasurface. Kyocera’s new Transmissive Metasurface technology is able to bend at narrow angles in order to avoid obstacles that may block transmission, expanding 5G and eventually 6G coverage even further. For example, a large building may block 5G network transmission, but Kyocera’s Transmissive Metasurface device can redirect the signal downward to reach smaller buildings behind and below for better coverage. 2) Proprietary Flexible Size Development The area in which a Transmissive Metasurface can deliver signals is proportional to the size of the metasurface itself. Conventional technologies have been unable to develop a Transmissive Metasurface of sufficient size for practical use, but Kyocera can design any size using its proprietary technology, allowing greater flexibility. This makes it possible to install metasurfaces in more places, such as a home patio or apartment balcony. 5G Test Results Kyocera tested its new Transmissive Metasurface using a 28 GHz band local 5G environment at its Kagoshima Kokubu Plant (Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan). Terminals were installed at two locations: Location A (reception power: -97 dBm), where signal strength is weak due to walls obstructing line-of-sight to the base station; and Location B (reception power: -67 dBm), where signal strength is high due to an unobstructed line-of-sight to the base station through a window. When a Transmissive Metasurface was installed outside the window at Location A, signal strength was -68 dBm, about the same as at Location B with its clear line-of-sight. Kyocera is developing a Transparent Transmissive Metasurface that is more landscape-friendly and incorporates technological improvements to focus radio waves in specific locations and improve signal strength further. Additionally, the Company is developing a Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface (RIS)* that can create a smart signal environment to change the signal direction adaptively depending on the devices in use. About KYOCERA Kyocera Corporation the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of industrial and automotive components, semiconductor packages, electronic devices, smart energy systems, printers, copiers, and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2021, the company’s consolidated sales revenue totaled 1.5 trillion yen (approx. US$13.8 billion). Kyocera is ranked #603 on Forbes magazine’s 2021 “Global 2000” list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies, and has appeared on The Wall Street Journal’s list of “The World’s 100 Most Sustainably Managed Companies.”

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