McWare Technologies LLP
A new beam-steering antenna that increases the efficiency of data transmission, and opens up frequencies for mobile communications that are inaccessible to currently used technologies has been revealed by scientists from the University of Birmingham, UK. In telecommunications, 5G is the fifth-generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks and the successor to 4G. It boasts much faster download speeds that will eventually top out at 10 gigabits per second. It also features higher bandwidth, so it is able to connect more different devices. Now, in a breakthrough that promises unprecedented data transmission efficiency for 5G mmWave applications, researchers have developed beam-steering technology for fixed base station antennas used by cellular networks. Birmingham researchers have unveiled a new beam-steering antenna that increases the efficiency of data transmission for ‘beyond 5G’ – and opens up a range of frequencies for mobile communications that are inaccessible to currently used technologies. Experimental results, presented today for the first time at the 3rd International Union of Radio Science Atlantic / Asia-Pacific Radio Science Meeting, show the device can provide continuous ‘wide-angle’ beam steering, allowing it to track a moving mobile phone user in the same way that a satellite dish turns to track a moving object, but with significantly enhanced speeds.

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