Texas Instruments Debuts New Pico Cell Base Station
Texas Instruments today announced a new pico-cell base station developed in cooperation with Azcom Technology that primarily focuses on 3G/4G wireless data. The new base station is capable of supporting muti-carrier HSPA+ as well as Long Term Evolution and uses MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out) antennas. Texas Instruments says the new pico-cell is capable of delivering the performance of a macro-cell base station. It believes this will be a good solution for boosting coverage over smaller areas.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
Nokia's ReefShark Chips to Connect 5G Base Stations
Nokia today announced new 5G chipsets that will triple the throughput of base stations while also drastically slashing power consumption. The ReefShark chipsets pair Nokia's antennas with artificial intelligence in order to push the performance of base stations.
Samsung Talks Up 5G Ecosystem, Verizon Teases 5G Phone
Samsung today revealed a number of 5G-related projects it is working on, including a home router, a base station, core network infrastructure, and a mobile chipset. The 5G Home Router is of particular interest, as Samsung said it would serve as an in-home replacement for fiber-to-the-home for broadband service.
Qualcomm and Nokia Partner to Develop 5G NR Tech
Qualcomm and Nokia today said they plan to jointly test potential 5G technologies in an effort to speed up adoption of the standard. Specifically, the companies intend to conduct over-the-air field trials of 5G New Radio (NR) Release-15, which is still being developed by the 3GPP.
WeBoost, SureCall Roll Out In-Home Signal Boosters
WeBoost and SureCall both used CES as an opportunity to show off new cell signal boosters. Both products work in a similar fashion: they collect cell signals from nearby cell towers, amplify them, and rebroadcast them within the home to improve coverage and signal strength.