November 15, 2019

MWCLA 2019: Enabling Intelligent Connectivity

5G is finally taking shape, and at Mobile World Congress Los Angeles (MWCLA) 2019 we got a first-hand look at how the technology is going to affect everyday tasks. If last year’s show was defined by feeding the hype machine surrounding 5G, this year’s was focused on showing the real applications that fifth-generation networks will bring to enterprises and consumers.

Throughout the event, carriers and vendors alike showcased multiple 5G use cases. Ericsson’s booth, for example, was filled with various stations ranging from video games, smart cities to automated driving, to accurately represent how 5G will power these applications with its fast speeds and low latency. Most notably, they presented a visual representation of edge computing that revealed how 5G solves latency problems with a nerf gun, two cameras, a target, and a small disk that blocks the nerf bullets. Within milliseconds of the bullet being shot at the target, the cameras filtered the bullet’s trajectory to Ericsson’s data centers dispersed across the country and blocked the bullets from hitting the target, showing just how world-changing 5G low latency can be.

The 5G conversation continued at Sprint’s booth where attendees could find out the latest applications of Sprint’s True Mobile 5G with robotics and VR/AR displays. Not only did Sprint have an interactive booth, but their chief technology officer, John Saw, sat in a fireside chat to discuss the launch of Sprint True Mobile 5G in nine metro areas and its expansion of coverage to approximately 16 million people in those cities. Sprint’s Business President Jan Geldmacher also talked about 5G’s effects on artificial intelligence and IoT, and how it will create new business models and applications during a keynote presentation.

Regardless of all the 5G applications, none of them would be possible without the infrastructure build-out that must first occur with distributed antenna systems, repeaters, and many other wireless technologies.

We had the honor of engaging in the 5G talks with our own in-building 5G product suite launch which includes the MWR Series mmWave Repeaters, ADXD Series Digital DAS, and mmWave Support for ADXV Series DAS. Our new products provide venues and building owners the option to support multi-carrier 4G LTE and 5G high capacity and coverage connectivity needs for in-building networks with a modular and future-proof design that transports frequencies in a single hardware layer regardless of protocol or modulation. After all, 80% of connections begin and end indoors so it is vital for in-building stakeholders to offer robust 5G connectivity that many consumers will soon expect.

The MWC Los Angeles event was successful and we are very grateful to those that came by our booth and our customers as well. 5G still has a long way to go but this year’s show revealed that 5G is far past conversations of conception and is instead becoming a true reality for many.

For additional information about ADRF’s suite of 5G in-building wireless solutions, please contact ADRF at

ADRF Showcases its 5G solutions at MWC19 Los Angeles