MWCA18: First Public Demonstration of Holographic Beam Forming for 5G Fixed Wireless Access

Guest post from Piovtal Commware.

During the MWCA18 5G Demos track in Los Angeles on September 14th, the team at Pivotal Commware demonstrated its breakthrough in Holographic Beam Forming™ (HBF) technology in front of a live audience – the first public demonstration of HBF for 5G fixed wireless access.

Like its recent Gigabit+ outdoor test, this 28 GHz indoor demonstration featured Pivotal Commware’s Echo 5G™ affixed to the double-paned, low-E glass surface of a simulated home. We positioned the Echo 5G directly in front of and at a 45-degree angle from a simulated 5G base station. In both cases, Echo 5G was able to acquire the base station signal and boost it through the glass to achieve full-speed throughput.

During the demonstration, Pivotal Commware CEO, Brian Deutsch, talked about the technical and economic challenges associated with fixed 5G service at millimeter wave frequencies. Due to the physics of high frequency radio waves, achieving meaningful link distances and throughput requires beamforming technology on the subscriber side to intercept and amplify the signal into the home. Pivotal Commware overcomes these challenges by embedding HBF into its glass-attached Echo 5G unit that customers can install by themselves – no external wiring or drilling through walls. The low-profile and lightweight Echo 5G then boosts the signal through the customer’s window at any angle, both to and from the base station.

Overcoming the challenges of self-installation, oblique penetration angles and long distances from the base station all help carriers to close the business case for delivering fixed 5G service. With the Echo 5G, wireless carriers can compete for over $100 billion in new revenue by serving broadband to homes and businesses.

Pivotal considers HBF a disruptive and game-changing new technology that expands the capacity and spectral efficiency of 4G and 5G networks to address the rapid growth in wireless data consumption. HBF enables software-defined antennas to increase spectrum efficiency by focusing radio signals where they are needed most, like spotlights in a theater. Further, HBF provides the lowest cost, size, weight and power consumption (C-SWaP) over legacy technologies such as phased array and MIMO.

Pivotal thanks both GSMA and CTIA for giving us the opportunity to showcase HBF at MWCA18, and we look forward to participating in MWC19 Barcelona, where we will again demonstrate our HBF technology at our exhibit in Hall 6.