The increasing data traffic and network congestion is the cause of significant concern for users today. These concerns are pushing forward the demand for 5G technology. Implementing 5G technology can enhance the efficiency, quality of service, security, and reliability factor communication devices and network services.
Also, using the 5G network can fulfill the need for reliability, speed, and low latency. The 5G technology is going to be a boon for various applications. However, it requires proper hardware for seamless operations. Thus, the requirement of a 5G indoor distributed antenna system is very much needed. This antenna system can enable the concept of a remote radio head (RRH). The system uses using localized beams and space diversity via massive multiple-input multiple-output (mMIMO) technology.
Development of 5G Indoor Distributed Antenna System
Recently, in January 2021, a team of researchers from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) announced the development of the first 5G indoor distributed antenna system. This antenna system:
- Has the capacity to receive millimeter wave-based broadband 5G signals.
- Can easily transmit the signals across buildings.
- Can improve transmission capacity, equipment size.
- Can reduce the deployment costs compared to conventional technology.
- Can come in handy for various applications as well.
Market Estimation and Growth
A research-based company BIS Research highlights that the 5G Antenna Market is expected to be around $7.0 billion in market value by the end of 2025. This demand for 5G antennas is the increasing adoption of IoT & M2M devices and smartphones. However, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit a snag in the 5G antenna market’s growth.
Devices Using 5G Antenna
There are multiple communication and network devices which will require a 5G antenna to maintain operational efficiency. Some of these devices include:
- IoT and M2M devices
- Others (Drones, Smart Grid, Marine, and Satellites)
Marvell and ADI Collaboration
Further, Marvell and Analog Devices (ADI) are also collaborating. The collaboration will provide 5G radio unit solutions to support multi-gigabit-per-second throughput and high antenna profiles for RAN deployments, both open and integrated. The partnership aims to meet the demand for high-capacity radio systems, which has increased due to 5G technology deployment.
These technological advancements highlight that though 5G technology is fascinating, it is new. Thus, it requires the development of supporting technologies to ensure maximum performance and high efficiency.