Microsemi Corporation, a provider of semiconductor solutions, announced a new mobile fronthaul solution, built on its DIGI-G4 family of Optical Transport Network (OTN) processors, that it said will enable high capacity fronthaul connectivity for converged 4G and 5G centralized radio access networks (C-RANs).
The solution, which will be highlighted at The Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC) March 21-23, extends 100G OTN into the RAN to simultaneously aggregate high density Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI), 10GE, and 25GE radio links. Microsemi also indicated the solution enables up to a 10 times increase in capacity, while addressing the need for low latency with automatic link equalization and network security.
The DIGI-G4 supports 4G protocols CPRI option 5, 6, and 7 as well as 5G protocols including 10GE, 25GE, 40GE, and 100GE, and delivers latency as low as 8 microseconds with forward error correction.
Microsemi’s DIGI-G4 family is in production and available for purchase orders now. The company’s mobile fronthaul solution for the DIGI-G4 family will be available in the summer of 2017.
ZTE’s Axon 7 smartphone is getting the Android Marshmallow 7.1.1 update this week. The update means customers with the device will now have support for T-Mobile’s WiFi Calling feature, optimization for Google’s Daydream VR experience, and Google security patches through February 2017. The upgrade also means the Axon 7 will gain access to device performance improvements and bug fixes. The Android update can be downloaded by clicking System Update in the Settings tab.
Separately, ZTE named a new chairman following its agreement to pay $892 million to settle a U.S. probe in which the company was accused of illegally shipping U.S.-origin items to Iran. Yin Yimin will become the company’s new chairman following the resignation of Zhao Xianming. Zhao will remain with the company as executive director and president.
Laird announced the release of its new Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT) Low-Power, Long-Range LoRa gateway, which the company said enables enterprise customers to deploy EIoT networks in practically any geographic location, even where traditional communications infrastructure is unavailable.
“The Sentrius RG1xx has been purpose-built from the ground up to create a secure, scalable, robust LoRa network solution,” said Scott Lordo, senior vice president of Laird. “The RG1xx, paired with the other elements of Laird’s growing Sentrius LPWAN ecosystem, enables cost-effective and end-to-end control of public and private LoRa networks alike.”
Equipped with Laird’s unique enterprise grade 802.11 a/b/g/n MIMO Wi-Fi, wired Ethernet, Bluetooth and BLE connectivity within a single LoRa gateway, the gateway enables integration of key short-range, low-power wireless technologies with Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology to dramatically expand the geographic range of IoT implementations. Laird said the gateway can usually send and receive signals up to 10 miles, but that distance can be extended to hundreds of miles with additional gateway deployments, as needed.
The new gateway is also designed to work seamlessly with Laird’s LoRa ecosystem of Sentrius RM1xx LoRa + BLE certified modules and LPWAN antennas, delivering out-of-the-box integration and compatibility with third party Cloud and LoRa partners and other LoRaWAN client devices.
The Sentrius RG1xx gateway also comes equipped with intuitive web-based configuration, integrated LoRa packet forwarder software, and default settings for multiple LoRa network server vendors. It is fully certified for FCC, IC, CE, along with a Bluetooth SIG listing, Lordo said.
SureCall announced its Force5 consumer booster has received LTE and VoLTE certification from V-COMM, an FCC testing and certification lab for wireless carriers.
A self-contained, five-band, all carrier Voice/3G/4G LTE cellular signal booster, SureCall said the Force5 is the only consumer booster in the industry to be certified for VoLTE by an FCC testing facility. The booster is capable of supporting up to 100 simultaneous callers and data users for coverage areas of 25,000 square feet or more and is scalable via the deployment of multiple units to cover areas upwards of 250,000 sq. ft. It boosts Cellular, PCS, AWS and LTE signals for all major carriers including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
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