Demand for companies with experience in providing wireless solutions for the 3.5 GHz spectrum is heating up as this spectrum band looks increasingly set to become the global preferred spectrum for 5G. The band has been touted worldwide as a strong contender for 5G, with the GSMA last year describing it as offering the “ideal opportunity” to meet the increasing demands for data and coverage. The European Commission has marked the 3.5 GHz frequency as a priority for 5G, and major operators have already announced trials in 2018 using the spectrum.
For Alpha Wireless, an antenna solutions provider with more than 10 years of experience in the 3.5 GHz spectrum, the road ahead looks bright – and busy.
“The 3.5 GHz spectrum offers a significantly lower cost of ownership in many jurisdictions compared to typical mobile wireless spectrum, so it’s a logical place to launch 5G,” Alpha Wireless CEO and Chairman Fergal Lawlor said. “With rural subscriber densities, low-cost spectrum is essential for profitable service offering. In urban settings, 3.5 GHz relatively, short propagation characteristics makes it ideally suited for densification and fill-in without interfering with adjacent access points.
“Alpha Wireless has spent the last decade developing and supplying products for 3.5 GHz so we’re well equipped to provide exactly what mobile operators need with 5G around the corner,” he added.
In the United States alone, an EJL Wireless Research report recently showed that there was an 84 percent jump in shipments of outdoor small cell antennas in 2017, with Alpha Wireless leading the pack as the top vendor.
With a 75-percent increase forecast for the current year, Lawlor says its’ clear that demand is far from slowing down.
“Alpha Wireless’ 3.5 GHz product range covers all types of applications from standard macro coverage to small cell for densification in urban environments. Our solution set includes innovations in beamforming to enhance performance and all-in-one small cells to provide concealment and speed installation. We know we’re in a great position to give the market what it needs,” Lawlor said. “More than that, we’re also looking at what the market will need in the future. At Alpha Wireless, innovation is a key focus. We’re constantly looking to learn more about the challenges arising in the industry, so we can extend our product range and provide even better solutions for our customers.”