Intel & Corning Partner for 5G In-Building Network

in-building networkEveryday 5G is developing across America more and more. When some individuals think of this development, they picture the small cells being added outside to cell towers or even light posts on every block. Well, two companies are thinking ahead to develop the 5G in-building network.

Intel and Corning have just announced that they will be collaborating to develop a new virtual platform. This platform will enable an in-building network to support 5G indoors and will allow for faster adoption of the next mobile generation.

The developing network will be a new generation of fiber lit buildings and will be more capable of processing 5G. So, why are these two companies focusing on in-door compatibility?

The Need for In-Building Networks

Everyone has been anxiously anticipating the faster mobile technology, but some are saying 5G has trouble permeating through buildings. The two main parts of the radio spectrum responsible for 5G do allow for greater connectivity, lower latency, and quicker downloads – but these areas of the spectrum may have a harder time penetrating through objects.

Spirent Communications’ Vice President of Venture Development, Saul Einbinderk, stated the “radio frequencies that are similar to current cellular frequencies… such as the proposed 28 GHz and 39 GHz – radio behaves differently. These short-wavelength mmWaves are much more easily blocked by tree leaves and by your body.” Not only do these waves behave poorly with objects, but they also are quickly dissipated throughout the air. This makes the development process call for an abundance of closely placed equipment and makes the in-building network even more important.

Back to Building

According to ECN Magazine, “For businesses to meet current challenges of indoor connectivity, and be ready for true 5G, design engineers (must) specify a full-spectrum distributed antenna system (DAS) network, which best supports carrier aggregation features of today’s 4G and will be in the best position to support indoor 5G moving forward.”

Fortunately, Intel and Corning are collaborating to combat this problem before 5G is fully deployed. The virtualized radio access in-building network will allow for enhanced bandwidth, lower latency, and massive communication both outside and inside. The company’s collaborated platform could be expected as early as 2020.

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Author: Valerie Stephen