The new Pivot 5G outdoor repeater – as part of the Pivotal Commware’s mmWave ecosystem – is helping 5G networks like Verizon to deliver millimeter wave using network repeaters and beam forming, whilst reducing costs for network operators.
Pivot 5G (opens in new tab) is a smart network repeater that redirects, extends and shapes service coverage outdoors, reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) and speeding up time to revenue for network operators. And it uses the company’s trademarked Holographic Beam Forming tech to shape and direct radio waves, providing cost, size, and weight benefits over legacy beamforming systems.
“The Pivot 5G significantly closes the mmWave coverage gap by giving operators a new way to position coverage on specific clusters of subscribers, rather than a general geography,” said Brian Deutsch, CEO of Pivotal Commware. “Pivot is a key player in the mmWave ecosystem we designed to support our claim of ‘mmWave solved.’ We are helping to deliver on the promise of 5G by enabling operators to cost-effectively accelerate their mmWave network rollouts and deliver a superior 5G user experience with the gigabit speeds their customers expect.”
Indoor coverage is an expensive challenge
Pivot 5G is one component of Pivotal Commware’s mmWave ecosystem based on Holographic Beam Forming, which solves one of the biggest issues with mmWave - its poor coverage footprint, both indoors and outdoors.
“Deploying a millimeter-wave network for indoor coverage is an expensive challenge for operators using fiber-based gNodeB units,” explained Joe Madden, chief analyst at Mobile Experts. “Repeaters will play a role in opening up 5G mmWave coverage indoors, without the staggering cost of fiber-based solutions on every streetlight in town. We calculate that repeaters can save more than 70 percent of the cost of alternatives and can shave months or even years off the deployment timeline.”
Alongside the Pivot 5G outdoor repeater, the Echo 5G repeater provides indoor coverage, by "gently flooding" mmWave indoors. And Pivotal’s ecosystem is being deployed to expand mmWave coverage in public spaces, homes and enterprises for the likes of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband.