New wireless-extending tech a ‘paradigm shift’ for 5G: federal researchers

Originally published by The Wire Report
Author: Bryson Masse

OTTAWA — A federal research lab on the outskirts of Canada’s capital has developed a technology that could extend the signals fundamental to ubiquitous wireless connectivity.

In a release last week, the Communications Research Centre (CRC) announced that they had successfully run real world tests on a technology called “engineered surfaces” to direct and steer millimeter wave spectrum (mmWave) signal, which could have a significant impact on future 5G deployment in dense, urban environments.

“Before, what you had for radio transmission, you had a transmitter and you had a receiver. You had to live with what was in between,” Jean Luc Bérubé, president of the CRC, told the Wire Report during a visit of their testing labs near the Ottawa suburb of Kanata on Monday. He said if you wanted better coverage, “either you improve your transmitter or you improve your receiver.”

This research could be a world-first, as the researchers said they did not know of any other group which have used the technology in a wireless communication application. The work is occuring at the same time as Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada is in the midst of consultation on how to auction access to the 28 GHz, 37-40 GHz and 64-71 GHz frequencies — all considered part of the mmWave spectrum.

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