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Snapshot: 5G LTE Network & Extender

Snapshot: 5G LTE Network & Extender

Posted by Dennis Findley on 11th Jan 2019

Better 3G, 4G, and 5G LTE network service inside buildings for every US cell carrier

The in-building coverage issues associated with the 5G LTE network are predicted to affect 90% of buildings in the US. This is concerning because 80% of our device usage occurs in buildings. Understanding the vital importance of in-building coverage, we developed a booster that can deliver reliable 5G LTE service inside buildings.

What is 5G LTE?

5G, also called 5G E and 5G LTE, is the newest cellular generation that succeeds the past generations of 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE. Some of the earlier cellular generations will continue to be used well into the future as the 5G LTE network coverage map catches up. Compared to previous cellular generations, 5G LTE uses a much wider portion of the radiofrequency (RF) spectrum, which gives the 5G network the ability to deliver exponentially faster data speeds and lower latency.

What's the Difference Between 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, and 5G?

  • 1G allowed us to call on mobile devices. The big benefit with the 1G network had to do with cell towers passing a moving phone from tower to tower without dropping the call.
  • 2G built upon the 1G network to allow cell phone users to both call and text on a mobile phone.
  • 3G took cellular one step further to allow us to call, text and load data packets that to connected us to data and Internet on the go. Some parts of the US and Canada still use 3G signals.
  • 4G LTE, which we still use today, has given the US and Canada higher quality calling, texting and much faster data speeds that enabled high-quality mobile streaming.
  • 5G is unique in that it does everything 4G LTE can do, but does it better, much better. Where 4G LTE has a peak data speed of 1GB per second, pretty good, 5G can reach peak data speeds of up to 60 GB per second, very good! 5G is expected to be available in the US and Canada in 2019 and offers huge benefits to IoT (internet of things), industrial and consumer applications - smart cars, healthcare, and much more.

Summary of 5G LTE Network Status

The benefits of 5G LTE stem from the vast new portion of the radiofrequency (RF) spectrum that has been made available, which ranges from 600 MHz to upwards of 39 GHz.

Each of the carriers have been clear and transparent about their approaches to developing and deploying their 5G LTE network. Verizon and AT&T have predominantly focused their trials on the millimeter-wave spectrum to deliver a high performance network to cover only a small initial geography. T-Mobile, on the other hand, will use a narrower 5G spectrum at 600 MHz that can immediately serve a very large geography of customers.

The problems associated with 5G in-building coverage are caused by the inability of the high-frequency RF signals to penetrate structures and material.

SureCall Founder Hong Zhan“We see a bright future for 5G and since structural penetration is the issue, well that’s something we are innovating to resolve,” explained Hongtao Zhan, SureCall’s founder and CEO. “We’re solving for this by architecting solutions that will create a 5G future with reliable coverage where cellular customers use their devices most – inside buildings.”

5G Extender for a Larger 5G LTE Coverage Map

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Earlier this week we announced the Force8 5G network extender’s arrival in the second quarter of 2019.

SureCall’s Force8 is the first signal booster of its kind and can be installed by a professional integrator in any commercial building with the approval of each carrier. Force8 is engineered to strengthen and improve non-millimeter wave 5G LTE network signals for the T-Mobile 600 MHz band.

Additionally, Force8 will boost cell service for all US carriers’ 3G and 4G LTE signals, including Sprint’s 800 MHz band, a portion of the spectrum that will continue to keep cellular customers connected even after 5G LTE is able to provide full national coverage.

Scott Terry SureCall Signal Booster Engineer“As we develop 5G signal boosters for fixed and mobile applications, we are looking at four subsegments of the RF spectrum: low-, mid-, high- and ultra-high-frequency 5G,” explained Scott Terry, vice president of engineering at SureCall. “Force8 tackles the low- and mid- frequency portions of 5G that are licensed for use across 100% of the United States.”

SureCall developed the Force8 5G network extender to support the T-Mobile 600 MHz band, among others, which are the most widely used frequencies in suburban and rural areas across the US.

The Force8 network extender represents a significant first step toward supporting a successful deployment of the 5G network.

Pricing for the Force8 signal booster starts at $6999, depending on application size and scope. Looking forward, SureCall has their sights set on providing progressive new technology to support all other portions of the 5G spectrum.

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About SureCall

Founded in 2001, SureCall is the multi-patented, award-winning performance leader for cell phone signal boosters. Combining top-quality materials, powerfully innovative product designs, and industry-leading service and support, SureCall has given mobile device users access to reliable cellular signals in homes, offices, and cars. Major institutions like NASA, Stanford, Duke, Kaiser Permanente and many others in the oil and gas, hospitality, automotive, and technology industries trust SureCall's FCC-approved boosters to connect them in the extremes and everywhere in between.

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