June 28, 2018

Wireless Week in Vegas

In mid-June, our team attended a number of events in Las Vegas, including DASPedia, NFPA Conference, DAS and Small Cells Congress, and the Safer Buildings Coalition.

At each event, we were able to connect with partners and customers, and also discuss the future of our Industry. Here are three trends we saw emerging from the four shows:

  • 5G is maturing. A year ago at this time, companies were looking to tout their 5G capabilities, however, since the standards hadn’t yet been defined, a lot of the claims of what was, and what wasn’t 5G, were very unclear. Today, that’s no longer the case.
  • Public Safety communications remain at the forefront. While it is easy to recognize this trend, largely due to the fact that half of the shows were focused on public safety, there were multiple first responder technology providers attending all four shows. Aside from the provider veterans in public safety technology, we saw a number of new entrants looking to play in the space, and a variety of smart devices aimed at improving connections in emergencies.  
  • The 600 MHz topic was all over the place. Whether it’s because T-Mobile had a tremendous presence throughout Las Vegas this week (with which our team was consistently engaged with during the week), or because of the pending merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, the 600 MHz spectrum was topical in nearly every discussion.

Let’s briefly discuss the 600 MHz band, a low band service that travels twice as far from the tower and is four times better in buildings than midband LTE due to its resilience in penetrating obstacles and covering long distances. It’s a band we’ve been excited about for a while.

Our DAS supports 600 MHz and we currently have select types of 600 MHz capable passive products with a low PIM 4.3-10 ports, which help mitigate passive intermodulation (PIM). An issue that degrades the quality of the wireless communication systems. Our complete line of 600 MHz capable 4.3-10 passive components include couplers, duplexers, and splitters. 

  • Couplers that are ideal for enforcing very low passive intermodulation, minimizing RF insertion loss, complex applications, and enabling multiband frequency coverage. Our couplers include:
    • 4.3-10 3dB Low PIM Hybrid Coupler: ADRF-HCPL-3-4310
    • 4.3-10 6dB Low PIM Directional Coupler: ADRF-DCPL-6-4310
    • 4.3-10 10dB Low PIM Directional Coupler: ADRF-DCPL-10-4310
  • Duplexers that provide both high isolation and low insertion loss. Our duplexers include:
    • 4.3-10 Low PIM 700 MHz Duplexer: ADRF-2PLX-700F-4310
    • 4.3-10 Low PIM 850 MHz Duplexer: ADRF-2PLX-850-4310
    • 4.3-10 Low PIM 1900 MHz Duplexer: ADRF-2PLX-1900-4310
    • 4.3-10 Low PIM 2100 MHz Duplexer: ADRF-2PLX-2100-4310
  • Splitters that separate or combine the RF signals between two or more cable paths, evenly distributing high-power signals with minimal reflections or loss. Our splitters include:
    • 4.3-10 Low PIM 2-Way Splitter: ADRF-2WS-20W-4310
    • 4.3-10 Low PIM 3-Way Splitter: ADRF-3WS-20W-4310
    • 4.3-10 Low PIM 4-Way Splitter: ADRF-4WS-20W-4310

We’re excited to see 600 MHz get such attention and promotion. For those who want to learn about our solutions for the spectrum, please visit our product page: http://adrftech.com/solutions/.