Pivotal is Ready for mmWave 5G

Hailing from Kirkland, WA, Pivotal Commware is helping push 5G further with a network repeater capable of extending mmWave spectrum’s reach. Network repeaters boost signals throughout larger areas by creating a new network based on the original signal’s network.

This is an important breakthrough as Pivotal Commware will be using its “smart” Pivot 5G network repeater to create larger reach in outdoor spaces. While the Bill Gates-backed startup has made a name for itself working with Verizon, the Pivot 5G repeater will be made available for all operators both domestic and international.

One of the main issues with 5G is that it has difficulty moving long distances. To make matters worse, there are three spectrum bands of 5G, low-band, mid-band, high-band (mmWave), and mmWave is the signal that travels the shortest distance of them all. It is also the fastest band for transferring data. mmWave even has trouble passing through walls. To get the most out of 5G networks, mmWave is going to play an important role in providing the download speeds that match and surpass wired connections as well as lowering latency to levels never seen before. These obstacles are difficult to overcome, yet for companies like Pivotal Commware, these hurdles are opportunities. Using Holographic Beam Forming (HBF), Pivotal Commware is taking the problems of 5G and turning them into solutions for a better network. HBF technology will benefit networks with its advantages on several fronts including size, weight, power usage, and cost. Some analysis states that the repeaters can save up to 70% when using the Pivot, a repeater that is the size of an average traffic camera and can be installed in a variety of places.

The outdoors isn’t the only place Pivotal is looking to elevate 5G signals. Pivotal’s Echo product is a repeater for the indoors meant for pushing mmWave coverage. As 5G continues to struggle with penetrating walls, this could be a major solution in the early stages of 5G to provide homes, businesses, apartments, and other indoor spaces with the coverage they need to support high download speeds across multiple devices. Another exciting solution from Pivotal Commware is its cloud-native Intelligent Beam Management System (IBMS) which uses data it collects from machine learning to optimize networks all in real-time as well as WaveScape, a tool used to help operators analyze and design networks so that repeaters and base stations can provide the best coverage all while reducing cost. Brian Deutsch, the CEO of Pivotal Commware feels confident that this technology will provide Pivotal with a useful amount of data that can be cross-referenced to find the perfect placement and maximize 5G network coverage.

Pivotal Commware is already in action with its repeaters helping Verizon spread its 5G Ultra Wideband network among 230 million consumers providing nationwide coverage throughout the United States. The mmWave band of Verizon is available in 61 cities with 12 cities capable of participating in Verizon’s 5G Home service. Verizon is continuing to grow its 5G Home Internet through Anaheim, Arlington, Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco, and St. Louis while parts of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Columbia, South Carolina, and Knoxville, Tennessee will gain 5G Ultra Wideband soon. This could be a huge opportunity for Pivotal as it continues to generate interest in the U.S. and abroad. Among some of the international markets looking to Pivotal Commware for mmWave 5G solutions are believed to be Australia, Japan, and South Korea.

Source: Fierce Wireless