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Industry's First Scalable 5G mmWave Cell Phone Signal Booster Platform

Oct 18, 2019

Industry's First Scalable 5G mmWave Cell Phone Signal Booster Platform

SureCall recently announced its scalable 5G mmWave (millimeter wave) cell phone signal booster, known as the 5G Everywhere booster platform. This design platform is comprehensive and offers flexibility required by carriers to deliver personalized 5G mmWave services throughout North America. The platform complies with FCC regulations and boasts outstanding quality and reliability.

Partners and carriers can design tailored signal boosting systems using the 5G Everywhere booster platform to overcome 5G's natural challenges with signal propagation, thereby delivering the technology to the homes of consumers. This platform includes features like boosting for any carrier using the 28 GHz mmWave band for 5G and Extended Range Technology (ERT). The Everywhere platform is also FCC compliant with 5G regulations. This includes standards for network protection, thereby allowing cellular tower networks to be integrated seamlessly.

Hongtao Zhan, CEO and founder of SureCall, said that although signal boosters are effective at eliminating cell signal obstruction problems, they will be even more important in the 5G era. SureCall's booster platform will allow carriers and their partners to satisfy customer needs by enabling 5G usage at scale while handling several applications.

5G Challenges.

mmWave 5G transmitters offer amazingly low latency and incredibly fast speeds. 5G mmWave signals do however propagate very differently from existing cell signals, including 4G LTE. This presents obstacles to making 5G mmWave available to the public. 5G mmWave cell towers will only have to cover areas of a few blocks. On other hand, current cell towers deliver cell signals up to 30 to 45 miles away.

Another challenge is that 5G mmWave signals' penetration power is not as strong as that of bands currently being used. 5G frequencies for mmWave are much more susceptible to obstacles such as doors, windows and walls. They may even be hampered by rain and tree leaves. They also have shorter range. This makes signal boosters for 5G mmWave a necessity for virtually every room and building that wants to provide 5G connectivity or access it effectively.

SureCall's millimeter wave signal booster platform promises to boost 5G mmWave frequencies indoors.

The 5G Everywhere will amplify 5G signals broadcast on the 28 GHz millimeter wave band. The platform will provide carriers with an alternative to installing small cell units as it is an embedded, customizable module.

Regulatory agencies.

Regulatory agencies have historically hampered signal booster technology, making their deployment both complex and expensive. There were concerns in U.S. that signal boosters could interfere with networks from macro service providers. This resulted in carriers working with signal booster vendors to certify equipment.

The FCC however intervened in 2018 and found that in most cases, signal boosters in fact do not interfere with the macro networks. As a result of this, the FCC decided to eliminate provider-specific booster restrictions. This allowed educational institutions, public safety entities and businesses to benefit from using cellular boosters.

Signal booster technology was similarly stalled in the U.K., but Ofcom recently relaxed mobile signal booster licensing laws. This means repeaters can now be deployed freely, providing they meet certain specifications.

The 5G Everywhere Platform can amplify 5G signals that are transmitted on the 28 GHz millimeter wave band. Verizon and T-Mobile in the U.S. have made substantial investments in 28 GHz 5G and are using that spectrum in numerous cities. U.S. Cellular, the 5th placed carrier, has also indicated that it would be using 5G on this band at some stage.

Like the 5G Sub-6 signal booster, the Force 8 5G signal booster, the mmWave signal boosters for millimeter waves will be fully FCC compliant for industrial use. It is not intended for the consumer market, as it is not standalone, and can't be user-installed. It is rather aimed to be bought, integrated, and installed by The same platform can now be used to work around doors, walls and windows that impede signals in buildings.

There's a significant distinction between "consumer" and "industrial" signal boosters. Pivotal Commwave, another company, is requesting that the FCC grant them the right to use their standalone 5G millimeter wave-specific device, known as Echo. Although this device overlaps the line between the two categories, it is intended as a consumer device. SureCall is opposing request for an FCC approval by Pivotal on a number of legal and technical grounds. These include the possibility that the consumer devices may interfere with current carrier 5G equipment.

Use Cases.

SureCall's founder and CEO, Hongtao Zhan, recently told In-Building Tech that the 5G Everywhere booster platform can be customized for various use cases, including hospitals and other venues. The platform is also modular enough that it can be downscaled to be used for residential applications.

He added that SureCall sees 5G mmWave as a huge opportunity for the signal booster market. Coverage indoors will not exists without it, meaning that the solution is required inside every building where consumers want to use 5G mmWave.

SureCall is considering launching the platform in different global markets including Canada. Although their main focus is on markets in United States, they will be looking at bringing their solution to other global markets as 5G mmWave moves into these.

The platform is not available commercially yet. The booster 5G platform has been developed to enable signal boosting of the 5G mmWave capable of being customized to specific use cases or applications as required. A solution is to adapt the platform with various wireless carriers and installers that will implement the solution based on their customer's needs.

About SureCall.

This company is a leader in the cellular phone signal booster market and holds multiple patents and has won numerous awards. Since being founded in 2001, it has grown rapidly by innovating at the cutting edge of technology, and has won Inc. 5000’s awards each year since 2016. It also won CES' Innovation Award in 2017, and many other accolades.

By combining its patented designs with all-inclusive lifetime support and top-quality materials, SureCall provides cutting edge solutions for users of mobile device, enabling them to access reliable cell services in their offices, homes, and vehicles.

This has resulted in major corporates such as HP, NASA, Marriott and Chrysler all trusting SureCall's signal boosters for their performance, reliability and quality.

How Do I Go about Purchasing a Signal Booster?

With a signal booster solution from us, you can enjoy reliable and uninterrupted voice and data coverage. We have resellers in both the United States and Canada; or feel free to call us anytime at 855-846-2654. We’re at your service, and would love to help find the right signal solution for you. Please note that industrial grade boosters including public safety signal boosters require expert system design, and professional installation by certified installers.

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  • I like how points out the good features of different products whether they’re signal boosters, accessories, or big systems like distributed antenna systems. They also mention the drawbacks too. Here, I’m glad they mentioned the differences between consumer and industrial signal boosters in this write-up on the 5G MMWave Signal Booster.

    Chris Wade on
  • Some people are worried, but it’s important to examine the evidence for yourself. I read this article and it helped me understand the concerns and when cell phone radiation may be a problem.

    Abe Donaldson on
  • I’m worried about 5G phones. Some of my friends tell me the radiation levels are different than previous types of cell phones. Is this true? If so, do I really want to be boosting the 5G signals further? Does anyone have any answers to this?

    Jerry L. on
  • B.C. you raise a good question. “Is 5G worth it and will it be worth it, even down the road?” Here’s my take on things. The faster data speed on smartphones than what 4G already provides is not needed in my opinion. I think 5G can only help large companies and consortiums that will leverage the 5G instant connectivity to accomplish their business application tasks to provide their services more efficiently and make manufacturing cheaper, quicker, and easier. From a layman’s perspective, anything faster than current 4G speeds on smartphones is overkill. No one is complaining of slow speed on their 4G phone except when signal is weak and they have problems like videos buffering and voice quality gets choppy. Again, that is due to a weak signal and not because you have 4G instead of 5G. 5G will have the same signal reception problem as stated in the article. Therefore, from a layman’s perspective, what phone manufacturers and carriers need to work on is getting strong consistent signals everywhere instead of advancing from 4G to 5G (as far as service on handsets is concerned).

    Paul Larson on
  • I think it’s interesting that “5G mmWave signals’ penetration power is not as strong as that of bands currently being used. 5G frequencies for mmWave are much more susceptible to obstacles such as doors, windows and walls. They may even be hampered by rain and tree leaves. They also have shorter range.” Is 5G worth it? I know right now it’s ironing out the bugs but will it be worth it even down the road?

    B.C. Everett on
  • Nice to see there are boosters for 5G too. People can complain about needing boosters for 5G phones but unless you’ve experienced cell phone signal problems like repeated dropped calls and slow downloads, you don’t know how frustrating it is. I’d like 5G to work perfectly but that isn’t happening yet so I’m fine with getting a booster.

    Paul E. on
  • I didn’t’ know about the FCC’s 2018 provider-specific booster restrictions rules change. The feds are often behind the times and this seems no different. Just glad they finally caught up with the tech world (as far as THIS goes). Regulations and laws always seem to be one or two steps behind the real world.

    Tommy Lang on

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