US Cellular to Expand Its 5G Network in 11 More States

RCR Wireless | July 31, 2020

As promised in a previous interview with RCR Wireless News, US Cellular is working hard to expand its 5G network, which was initiated in parts of Iowa and Wisconsin earlier this year. As part of the second phase of the company’s planned multi-year network expansion for 5G on its 600 MHz spectrum, the following 11 states can expect 5G service soon: Currently, when users gain access to the US Cellular 5G network, they can choose from a number of 5G-enabled devices including the Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G and the recently announced Samsung Galaxy A71 5G. As mentioned previously, the new markets will get 5G on the carrier’s 600 MHz spectrum; however, US Cellular has been making moves in the mmWave space recently. The same day that the carrier revealed that it’s working with Nokia to add 5G millimeter-wave capabilities in the 24 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum bands to its network, it also announced plans to expand its partnership with Ericsson, which will now provide the carrier with 24, 28 and 39 GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) equipment and services.

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Five New Motorola Intelligent Networking Devices Added to Shelves in Target Locations Across the United States This Week

Minim | June 14, 2022

via NewMediaWire – Minim, Inc. the creator of intelligent WiFi software and Motorola home networking products under an exclusive global brand license, today announces a second shelf expansion this week in Target stores across the United States. In the coming weeks, Target shoppers with Gigabit speed broadband and Xfinity Voice plans will have the option to purchase the Motorola MT8733 DOCSIS 3.1 WiFi 6 modem/router, Motorola MB8600 and Motorola MB8611 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems, Motorola MG8702 DOCSIS 3.1 WiFi 5 modem/router and Motorola MT7711 DOCSIS 3.0 WiFi 5 modem/router to save on rental fees while improving their home network security and performance. “We are excited to increase value for the Target shopper by providing better intelligent networking options in stores across the country, Our Motorola modem and modem/router products are widely recognized by consumers for their top-notch performance that handles their home networking needs, from gaming to UHD video streaming and more.” Jeff Rodning, Director of Retail Sales at Minim Recent market research published by the Parks Associates reveals that over 36% of consumers purchase their smart home devices through the retail channel, more than triple the 11% of consumers who purchase through their Internet Service Provider. Adding five of Motorola’s best-in-class intelligent networking devices to Target stores across the US will help to meet the smart home shopper’s demand for a diversity of product options available in-store on their terms. Product Highlight: Motorola MT8733 The MT8733, Motorola’s first DOCSIS 3.1 modem/WiFi 6 router with two phone lines for Xfinity Voice is a high-performance modem/router designed exclusively for Comcast Xfinity customers. The shelf expansion of the MT8733 to brick-and-mortar stores marks the first time that shoppers with wireless service from Comcast Xfinity can shop for intelligent networking devices in-store on their own terms. Now available online and in stores at Target for $409.99, this product delivers: DOCSIS 3.1 support Built-in AX6000 4x4 router One 2.5 Gig Ethernet port and three 1 Gig Ethernet ports for wired connections Two phone lines for reliable communications and support for Comcast’s enhanced call features, including caller ID, call forwarding, and conference calling The motosync app, powered by Minim, for advanced network management, security, parental controls, and more— included at no additional charge 2-year warranty New on shelves: Motorola MB8600 & Motorola MB8611 cable modems DOCSIS 3.1 Certified by Comcast Xfinity, Cox, Spectrum, and other major cable providers 2-year warranty New on shelves: Motorola MG8702 DOCSIS 3.1 WiFi 5 modem/router DOCSIS 3.1 Powerful AC3200 router Recommended for speeds up to 1 Gbps Certified by Comcast Xfinity, Cox, Spectrum, and other major cable providers 2-year warranty New on shelves: Motorola MT7711 DOCSIS 3.0 WiFi 5 modem/router DOCSIS 3.0 Powerful AC1900 router Recommended for speeds up to 1900 Mbps Certified by Comcast Xfinity with 2 phone lines designed to support Xfinity Voice 2-year warranty About Minim Minim, Inc was born in 1977 as a networking company and now delivers intelligent software to protect and improve the WiFi connections we depend on to work, learn, and live. Minim’s cloud platform powers intuitive apps and a variety of routers, helping customers take control of their connected experience and privacy. Headquartered in Manchester, N.H., Minim holds the exclusive global license to design and manufacture consumer networking products under the Motorola brand. About Motorola Strategic Brand Partnerships For over 90 years the Motorola brand has been known around the world for high quality, innovative and trusted products. Motorola’s Strategic Brand Partnership program seeks to leverage the power of this iconic brand by teaming with dynamic companies who offer unique, high quality products that enrich consumer’s lives. Strategic brand partners work closely with Motorola engineers while developing and manufacturing their products, ensuring that their products meet the exacting safety, quality, and reliability standards that consumers have come to expect from Motorola.

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Strategy Analytics: 5G at the Core of the Positioning System in Midea's Fully Connected Factory

Midea Group | December 20, 2021

The 4th "Blooming Cup" 5G Application Pitch Competition was completed recently, which was organized by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, and 5G Applications Industry Array. With the extensive development of 5G B2B applications in China, the competition has attracted broad participation from industries, businesses, and individuals. In 2021, 12,281 5G B2B projects participated in the competition. Industry Internet, smart campus, and smart city are the top 3 application areas. Positioning is the technology most adopted by the participating projects.The result indicates that vertical players have strong demands for positioning solutions in their 5G B2B applications. Since many vertical players have deployed 5G networks, could the 5G network be leveraged to improve the efficiency of the positioning service? Dr. Wang Jun, Chief Architect of Industrial Internet at Midea Group gave an answer from Midea's point of view. Fully Connected Factory Midea Group is a Chinese household appliance manufacturer headquartered in Foshan, China. It has been listed on the Fortune Global 500 since July 2016. Midea produces lighting, water appliances, floor care, small kitchen appliances, laundry, large cooking appliances, refrigeration appliances, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, etc. It also owns KUKA, the world's leading industrial robot manufacturer. In its manufacturing base in Foshan, more than 3,000 workers produce diverse appliances in the 160,000 square meters plant. Since 2019, Midea Group has piloted 5G + Industry IoT applications in its manufacturing bases and started deploying the 'fully connected factory' in 2021. So far, Midea Group has collaborated with China Unicom Guangdong Branch to deploy a customized 5G network in its Foshan base. The network includes 16 macro base stations, 253 indoor small cells, and two sets of edge computing platforms. Industrial automation equipment, such as robotics, AGVs, machine-vision cameras, PLC controllers, etc., are connected through the customized network to the private cloud in Midea Group headquarters. As a result, diverse industrial automation applications have been implemented, including smart logistics. Smart Logistics Not Only Means AGV Unlike people's imagination, even in today's connected factory, the logistics system cannot entirely rely on an AGV system yet. The operation of an AGV system will require a high-precision positioning system that is often very expensive. On the other hand, many labor works are still necessary for a logistics system, e.g., most forklifts and trailers still need drivers, and the communications and coordination in the field cannot fully rely on AI assistants either. Most commercial AGV systems today require a positioning precision at 1 cm level. For some exceptional cases, the 1 mm positioning precision will be needed. Either 1 cm or 1 mm positioning accuracy must rely on high-precision positioning solutions, such as laser radar or geomagnetic positioning. However, it will be too expensive for a factory to deploy these high-precision positioning solutions across the entire plant area and all vehicles. In addition to AGVs, there are many other intelligent devices in a modern logistics system, such as machine-vision cameras, AR glasses, digital assistants of workers, etc. All these devices also need to be positioned, meanwhile need to be connected to the intra-network of the factory. The short-range wireless system, such as RFID, Bluetooth, or UWB, can provide the positioning service, but unfortunately, they cannot provide the necessary capacity of data connectivity. Wi-Fi system can meet the capacity requirement, but the mobility support for forklifts or trailers is still an issue. 5G at the Core of the Indoor Positioning System in a Fully Connected Factory Midea Group's fully connected factory illustrates how to leverage a 5G network to build a comprehensive positioning solution. The 5G network in its manufacturing base has become a common infrastructure for all industrial automation applications, which not only provides data connectivity for smart devices but also enables the positioning service across the entire plant area. Now the 5G positioning technology can provide a positioning precision at the level of 1 meter. It is not as high as the precision of laser radar or geomagnetic positioning solution but is enough for a forklift driver in a warehouse. The 5G network on the campus can be a basic positioning layer across the plant. Other high-precision positioning solutions can be deployed in dedicated areas to facilitate the use of AGVs, robotics, or any other devices that require high-precision positioning. The two layers are integrated to form a cost-effective, comprehensive positioning system for the smart factory. With the 5G positioning system, Midea Group significantly improves the efficiency of the warehouse operation: The average time to find goods is reduced by 80%. The warehouse labor efficiency is improved by 21%. The loading efficiency is improved by 55%. The positioning system also plays a critical role in the overall smart factory operation. The 5G fully connected factory solution has helped the Midea factory in Foshan improve efficiency across the entire production process, which leads to a cost-saving of over RMB 30 million per year. Midea Group is now working with industry partners to test the low cost and low power consumption modules for 5G positioning to extend the 5G positioning service to containers, trays, and even workers. With these developments, people expect the 5G positioning will be adopted by more vertical players and support broader industrial applications. As a result, 5G positioning will play a key role in the positioning system of vertical industrial applications and will be blooming in the 5G B2B market.

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RAN Optimization Enables An Immediate 5G Spectrum Re-Farming Opportunity

Opanga Networks, Inc. | March 31, 2022

Today, Opanga is announcing the extended functionality of its RAN Optimization solution, Peregrine. Now enabling mobile operators the ability to balance their spectrum holdings across the competing interests of sustaining 4G network performance while maximizing 5G experience. This is a critical industry challenge for network design teams around the world. Current 5G deployments depend on two spectrum layers: a high band Capacity Layer (e.g., 80MHz of 3.7GHz) and a low band Coverage Layer (e.g., 10MHz of 700MHz). Due to the disparate coverage of these bands, most 5G devices will connect to the Coverage Layer which will limit 5G user speeds. Operators need additional intermediate 5G bands that can be deployed rapidly while sustaining 4G user experience. Using our Peregrine RAN Optimization solution operators can immediately reallocate spectrum from their 4G portfolio and assign it to 5G. They can re-farm say 20MHz of 2GHz spectrum for a much stronger 5G footprint. Concentrating 4G users into less spectrum would typically result in a hit to performance but this collateral damage is avoided with Peregrine. All users get a much better experience, and the operator gets a ubiquitous band of prime 5G spectrum – now.” Dave Gibbons, CEO of Opanga Networks. Peregrine enables an advanced, modern software approach to network design with innovative, agile machine learning technology. Peregrine is a Radio-Aware Multi-Protocol RAN Optimization solution that provides a holistic approach by adaptively managing QUIC, UDP and TCP applications for maximum cell site performance. “It’s going to be a real challenge to sustain 4G performance while growing 5G from both a CAPEX and spectrum standpoint,” said Gibbons. “We feel that Peregrine not only provides materially increased RAN CAPEX efficiency, but also arms our customers with a differentiated 5G spectrum strategy.” About Opanga Networks, Inc. Transformational 4G and 5G Network Performance. Opanga is the global leader in delivering radio-aware machine learning solutions to improve RAN performance and analytics. The company’s solutions are deployed in the mobile core at software speed and scale. Opanga is focused on delivering innovative software solutions for 4G, 5G and ORAN networks.

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Keysight Enables Celona to Accelerate 5G Private Network Deployments

Keysight | May 20, 2022

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced that Celona has selected Keysight’s Open RAN Architect (KORA) solution portfolio to validate the quality and reliability of 5G private network deployments for enterprises. Keysight’s integrated test, validation and optimization tools enable Celona to accelerate the deployment of 5G local area network (LAN) solutions, including access points for indoor and outdoor wireless coverage and cloud-native software powered by artificial intelligence (AI). As a result, Celona can deliver solutions and services to the private mobile network sector with software and hardware components that speed private wireless network deployments and maximize available network capacity. “Keysight is pleased to support Celona in delivering end-to-end networking solutions that seamlessly integrate with existing enterprise networks to simplify private cellular wireless operations and accelerate the adoption of business-critical applications requiring deterministic wireless connectivity,” said Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president and general manager for Keysight's enterprise and service providers group. “Keysight’s test solutions speed industrial device and network validation and certification, network planning, deployment and site acceptance, as well as simplify network monitoring critical in smart manufacturing, energy, utilities, mining, transport and health care.” Celona serves a growing private network market with turnkey 5G LAN solutions that are purpose-built for enterprises. Celona delivers deterministic and reliable connectivity, security and wireless performance by integrating cellular wireless communications within existing enterprise-owned IT infrastructure. “Our enterprise customers expect high quality and performance of deployed critical wireless infrastructure, Keysight’s test tools enable Celona to quickly verify the 5G radio operation and performance of Celona’s 5G LAN solutions, leading to significant reduction in time to market and improved performance.” Mehmet Yavuz, co-founder and chief technology officer at Celona Celona is using several Keysight 5G radio access network (RAN) test tools, including: Keysight’s user equipment emulation (UEE) test solution (UeSIM) to emulate real network traffic over radio and O-RAN fronthaul interfaces, enabling comprehensive base station performance validation across the protocol stack. Keysight's S9130A 5G Performance Multi-Band Vector Transceiver (VXT), a non-signaling measurement system, to accelerate the validation of sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G base stations (gNodeBs) according to the latest 3GPP specifications. About Keysight Technologies Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight’s dedication to speed and precision extends to software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow’s technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimization and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments. Our customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets. Keysight generated revenues of $4.9B in fiscal year 2021

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