Pivotal Commware, a leading provider of 5G mmWave infrastructure solutions, recently conducted a field trial in collaboration with MTN, a renowned telecommunications company.
The trial focused on leveraging Pivotal’s innovative product ecosystem to optimize 5G mmWave networks and reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for mobile network operators (MNOs).
Pivotal’s groundbreaking product ecosystem offers substantial cost savings of around 25 percent to 35 percent compared to traditional fiber-based networks. Additionally, it minimizes deployment time and enhances confidence in service assurance. This achievement is made possible through Pivotal’s utilization of their patented antenna technology called Holographic Beam Forming.
During the field trial, Pivotal employed their network planning tool called WaveScape to strategically place multiple Pivot 5G network repeaters. By doing so, they were able to enhance mmWave signal coverage for the Festival’s Edge apartment complex in Pretoria.
Remarkably, these repeaters do not require a fiber connection and proved to be more cost-effective than relying solely on fiber-connected base stations. They extended mmWave signals beyond the range of the existing MTN base station’s line-of-sight, significantly improving broadband service coverage.
One of the key advantages of Pivotal’s Pivot 5G solution is its utilization of Holographic Beam Forming technology, which delivers fiber-like speeds of gigabit or higher directly to customer premises. Moving forward, Pivotal plans to conduct further testing that incorporates their cloud-based Intelligent Beam Management System (IBMS). This system will enable the commissioning, monitoring, and optimization of Pivot 5G functionality.
Amith Maharaj, the MTN Group CTO, expressed their commitment to expanding broadband services by leveraging enhanced cost and Capex efficiencies. He emphasized the valuable insights provided by Pivotal Commware, stating that they have shed new light on the potential of mmWave technology to bridge the digital divide and deliver gigabit connectivity.