- 5G networks coming to America in 2018
- Hammer Wireless AIR systems considered a pre-5G architecture
- Potential for deployment in out-of-range cellular areas
5G wireless technology is making its debut in America this year. Now that the standard has been more or less agreed upon, all of the major carriers have promised rollout of 5G services by the end of 2018. Hammer Fiber Optic Holdings Corp. d/b/a Hammer Communications (OTCQB: HMMR) plans to take part in that infrastructural upgrade. The company recently launched its Hammer Wireless® AIR point-to-multipoint system. This industry trend is consistent with Hammer’s capability as a mobile network service provider. The company offers commercial solutions, including its last mile broadband DOCSIS over wireless omni-point technology, over the top applications such as VoIP, text messaging and content offerings, as well as Smart City and IoT capability in select markets across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Its product offerings include residential triple play (TV, telephone and internet) services in Atlantic City and surrounding communities.
Fifth generation (5G) wireless technology is bringing us closer to a high-tech world by turning entire neighborhoods into networks that look remarkably like Local Area Networks (LANs). The typical LAN can be found in any U.S. household where a broadcast signal is transmitted from a single source to devices such as a smart TV, a smartphone, a laptop or a streaming player. However, present networks operate more like Wide Area Networks (WANs). They rely on huge, high towers with enough power to transmit encoded data through radio waves over long distances, but 5G systems will generally be networks of much smaller fiber optic cells, perhaps no larger than a home router, covering a block or two, broadcasting signals that customers can pick up with their modems. Employment of smaller cells should reduce infrastructural costs and expand network capacity, since the more cells there are, the more data the network can handle.
5G networks will use a type of encoding called OFDM, which is similar to the encoding that 4G LTE uses, although the air interface will be designed for much lower latency and greater flexibility than LTE. Air interface is a term that refers to the specification of the radio transmission between the transmitter and the receiver. An air interface, or access mode, is the communication link between the two stations in mobile or wireless communication. It will encompass both physical and data connections.
Hammer has already begun working and testing compliance with possible 5G configurations, including LTE compatible service over 500 MHz wide broadband channels to fixed LTE subscriber modems and LTE small cells utilizing millimeter-wave or Ka/Ku band spectrum. The company has developed its Hammer Wireless AIR point-to-multipoint wireless system, which it expects to increase customer choice (an FCC goal) and improve service in rural areas. Since the system is designed with 5G standards in mind, Hammer considers its AIR system a pre-5G architecture.
The AIR System employs a Multichannel Multipoint Distribution System (MMDS) architecture. It runs DOCSIS 3.0 (scalable to DOCSIS 3.1) and utilizes frequency division duplexing (FDD) for upstream and downstream, requiring two frequency bands for operation with 200 MHz spacing between upstream and downstream edge frequency. The system is deployed using a base station with sector antennas designed for 90-degree coverage, typically placed as high as possible (e.g., on a cell tower or atop a building) in a centralized location. Sectors can be placed next to each other, alternating polarization from horizontal to vertical to avoid interference with neighboring antennas to achieve up to a 360-degree coverage area. Currently, the AIR System requires line of sight to the customer’s premises, where a bi-directional transceiver is installed using a standard satellite dish, after which a transceiver is connected to a cable modem or gateway via coaxial cable.
On May 17, 2018, Hammer and 1stPoint Communications announced the launch of their Mobile Network Services Provider program. Using its patented AIR technology, Hammer can provide high-speed wireless triple play service using the DOCSIS and pre-5G standards to residential communities and small businesses. 1stPoint’s technology and operator licenses will allow services such as Smart City, Internet of Things and Mobile-to-Mobile (M2M) on the same network platform.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.HammerCorp.info
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