The closing of the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint will set into motion a number of scenarios as the two carriers integrate. One company that will be watching the process very closely will be Advanced RF Technologies (ADRF), an OEM that has been providing in-building DAS solutions to Sprint, according to Greg Najjar, ADRF director of business development.
ADRF, which has also provided in-building wireless for T-Mobile, began deploying DAS in Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings, which can range up to 194 megahertz of spectrum in a given market, in 2015, or so, when Najjar was still at Sprint. Since then there has been several platforms, including the ADX and ADXV.
It received approval in 2019 to develop a 5G solution for all of mid-band spectrum, Additionally, ADRF has developed a 600 MHz DAS product also aimed at the New T-Mobile.
“We have been working with each company on whatever technology they need,” Najjar said. “The high-speed 2.5 MHz indoor DAS product and the 600 MHz DAS system that scoops up a lot of territory outdoors are very complementary products. The combination of those two technologies is very exciting.”
ADRF is knowledgeable of Sprint’s use of the 2.5 GHz for both 4G LTE and 5G NR, carving up the spectrum for each technology, but the OEM still must wait until the after the close of the merger to find out more about of the impending integration.
“We are well positioned to serve the New T-Mobile; we stay focused on the technologies that it needs,” Najjar said. “Of course, we are all waiting to find out their specific strategy, once the merger officially closes. We don’t want to make too many products out of the gait, before the company announces its strategy.”
Meanwhile, ADRF is not just waiting around. “It continues to meet with both companies and is currently working on a millimeter wave 5G NR product, operating both outdoor and indoors.