Verizon expands US 5G service by deploying network repeaters from FRTek and SureCall

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Verizon customers will soon see increased 5G Ultra Wideband coverage in the US – for 5G mobility, 5G Home and 5G Business Internet customers – through the use of signal repeaters from FRTek and SureCall.

Network repeaters take signals from nearby cell sites, amplify the signals from those sites and then retransmit them to previously underserved areas, making them especially useful for 5G networks in dense urban areas, with flats and dormitories. By installing FRTek and SureCall repeaters between cell sites and the area being served, Verizon can amplify the signal and increase the 5G footprint.

Cost effective option

The FRTek and SureCall network repeaters being deployed for Verizon 5G are small, consume much less energy than a small cell, and they don’t require a fibre connection. This makes them a versatile and cost effective option for Verizon, who will be able to install them in a variety of areas, expanding their 5G Internet offering.

"Extend the service of our 5G Ultra Wideband network in a cost-effective, fast and efficient way.”

Adam Koeppe, Verizon.

“Since initially launching 5G service more than two years ago, we have more than doubled coverage in many of our initial mmWave markets by adding significantly more small cells. Now, by deploying signal repeaters to bolster the existing network’s performance, we will continue to extend the service of our 5G Ultra Wideband network in a cost-effective, fast and efficient way, extending service to even more customers,” said Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Planning and Technology for Verizon. “It’s a great addition to our robust network design,” he continued. 

Enhanced 5G coverage

FRTek’s cutting edge repeater technology, PrimAer, allows Verizon to direct 5G mmWave service remotely using FRTek software, which dynamically changes configurations to provide enhanced 5G coverage on demand. PrimAer can provide both 5G indoors and 5G outdoors, with the capability to daisy chain remotes - making it extremely versatile. “FRTek is thrilled that Verizon has chosen PrimAer as part of the Verizon 5G strategy. We look forward to being part of Verizon’s 5G expansion in the US,” said FRTek CEO, Milla Woo.

SureCall has developed the Horizon, a patent-pending 5G mmWave network signal booster, to complement base stations as part of a network buildout.“We have carefully engineered and thoroughly tested the SureCall Horizon 5G mmWave network signal booster to expand 5G coverage and help Verizon deliver next-generation speeds very cost effectively,” said Hongtao Zhan, CEO and founder of SureCall. 

“Capability to run on solar with no connection to the power grid.”

Hongtao Zhan, SureCall.

“In addition, although SureCall’s network booster is the most powerful providing the largest coverage footprint according to FCC test results, it is also so power efficient it has the capability to run on solar with no connection to the power grid. We’re happy to receive Verizon’s production order and look forward to delivering our high performance booster,” continued Zhan.

Rachael Sharpe

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