Verizon Tests 5G Millimeter Waves Ability To Penetrate Building Materials

Low emissivity glass, a common feature of high-efficiency windows “is basically a killer” May 3, 2017

NEW YORK — At last week’s 5G Innovation Summit, Verizon provided some insights into the set-up and progress of its millimeter wave testing. 

Krishnamurthy Sreenath and Howard Tang of Verizon’s “5G” network planning and strategy operations discussed the work that Verizon has done through establishing its 5G Technical Forum, working with vendors on developing a platform for fixed wireless trials using millimeter wave spectrum, reports rcrwireless.com.

Verizon is proceeding with planned trials of fixed wireless service that utilize millimeter wave and exploring the engineering and testing challenges that come along with figuring out the best ways to assure and deliver a new service with new technology. As one example, the company is assessing how well millimeter wave transmissions penetrate common housing materials.

“If you put devices behind a regular wall, you can still get some promising coverage,” Tang said, quoted in the same article. He added that low emissivity glass, a common feature of high-efficiency windows “is basically a killer...You don’t want to put devices behind it.” He added “As long as you have good penetration and good coverage, we can get to gigabit throughput.” 

 

 

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