Persistent Systems enhances MPU5 radio with lower C-band RF module

August 17, 2017 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Persistent Systems, LLC has released a Lower C-Band RF module for its MPU5 radio system, reflecting the company's commitment to a truly modular radio architecture.

The new Lower C-Band module operates in the 4400 to 5000 MHz frequency band that is utilized by NATO Military Forces, Federal and Homeland Security (DHS, DOJ), and Public Safety organizations. The Lower C-Band frequency is also a requirement of multiple Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Programs of Record. Persistent's radio module provides 6-W of transmit power via its 3x3 MIMO architecture, resulting in long range performance and high throughput.

"By following a modular approach to radio bands, we've basically made the MPU5 future-proof," said Nick Naioti, VP of Business Development. "As spectrum relocation continues, our customers' investment is protected. Compliance can be achieved by simply swapping the module as opposed to replacing the whole system."

The US Government alone spends billions of dollars every year migrating their communication systems to new frequency bands as the Federal Spectrum Relocation process auctions off bandwidth to commercial wireless carriers. Money raised through FCC spectrum auctions is often utilized to provide funding to Federal Agencies who must migrate to new frequencies as they are forced from those that have been auctioned. However, if Federal communication systems employed a modular frequency architecture, billions of dollars would be saved, and the money could be appropriated for other important initiatives. Persistent has been advocating for Federal agencies to require a modular frequency architecture in government procurements to future-proof Federal communication systems and reduce the burden on taxpayers.