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Millimeter Wave Hotspots
Video / Jan 2013 / mmW, spectrum, small cell backhaul

InterDigital. mmWave Hotspot: How it Works.


Firing on more cells the inventiveness behind (mmH) millimeter wave hotspots. Data demand is increasing. Frequency bands are getting more congested. Millimeter wave hotspots meet the challenge.


mmH technology will provide small cell backhaul.


mmH technology will be in your handheld devices.


Where is this spectrum? Available bandwidth is becoming scarce. (Red) U.S. unlicensed; (Blue) U.S. licensed. (Blue) mmWave Frequencies.


More spectrum is available at 60GHz than all over sub 6GHz frequencies combined!


Wireless backhaul is a top priority for small cell deployment. Operator solutions (such as small cells) require expensive backhaul installation.


Offloading to Wi-Fi and TVWS provides some additional capacity but will become quickly overloaded.


Networks are becoming more congested -- a strong signal no longer means a good connection.


Hotspots for a self-organizing mesh network for low-cost installation.


Phased-array antennas provide:
1) Narrow beams with high gain
2) Precise pointing for interference and multipath rejection


Phased arrays form directional connections to other hotspots and to end-user devices.


High data rate apps are offloaded to millimeter wave hotspots.


What are the benefits of mmHs? mmWave hotspots provide the following operational advantages:
1) Millimeter wave hotspots provide spectrum relief to congested cellular networks
2) Cost-effective small cell backhaul via self-configuring wireless mesh


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