5G millimeter wave specialist Movandi announced the deployment of a 5G extender indoor smart repeater built on the firm’s BeamXR mmWave technology.
Movandi’s BeamXR claims to be the industry’s first smart active repeater solution that amplifies coverage and closes the gap in 5G mmWave deployments. The solution was designed to penetrate physical barriers in urban environments and amplify mmWave coverage in public spaces and inside buildings.
“The future of 5G mmWave depends on the industry’s ability to make the most out of today’s new 5G infrastructure,” said Maryam Rofougaran, CEO and co-founder at Movandi. “Movandi’s BeamXR smart repeater is unmatched in the industry, by combining a fully integrated RF front-end and system-level design – deliver a complete long range and low power solution with unlimited mesh configurations that solve mmWave propagation, blocking, path loss and latency challenges. We are enabling the 5G future by helping Tier 1 operators and partners unleash the potential of 5G technology for billions of users around the world.”
Movandi has an exclusive partnership with Verizon to deploy its 5G solution to U.S. consumers.
“Verizon’s exclusive U.S. partnership with Movandi to deploy their first-to-market 5G repeater technology allows us to continue to provide the cutting-edge solutions and industry leadership that our customers have grown to expect,” said Brian Higgins, senior vice president of consumer products at Verizon.
Movandi noted that it has engineered its BeamXR smart repeater solution to address 5G signal propagation challenges by amplifying mmWave signals and extending the range and coverage of mmWave-based networks. BeamXR repeaters boost mmWave signals, enabling them to penetrate walls and buildings and even bend around buildings to overcome line-of-sight issues, a challenge that until now has required expensive antenna designs, the company said.
When deployed inside a building, a BeamXR smart repeater amplifies a weak beamed signal and can light up an entire room with a range of more than 150 feet, the company said. The smart repeater connects to a 5G base station through beamforming, enabling customer premises equipment (CPE) and mobile devices to access the base station.
BeamXR smart repeaters are based on Movandi’s BeamX mmWave beamforming technology, introduced in 2018. The BeamX front-end integrates CMOS-based RF ICs, antenna, beamforming and advanced control algorithms into a modular 5G mmWave platform solution.