Applications for Metawave’s Echo passive reflector include extending 5GNR’s range to service dead zones, and to bend and point signals around corners and connect to backhaul radios. Turbo active relays amplification is able to extend signals by about 150m under bridges and through thick glass. By mounting Turbo and Echo between towers and desired areas, Metawave increases signal strength inside malls, in office buildings, and in highly congested usage areas.
Echo has been field tested by NTT Docomo who found a 10x increase in communications speed out-of-doors in Tokyo.
Metawave is deploying these platforms with US and Japanese carriers and infrastructure companies operating at 24GHz and higher, the company said. Repeaters and relays will be critical to extend 5G coverage while maintaining reliable links and making it suitable to support V2x and V2V communications, Metawave asserted.
The 5G infrastructure market is expected to grow from $528 million in 2019 to $3.5 billion in 2025, a CAGR of 37.1 percent over the period.