In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal article, “The U.S. Is Back in the 5G Game,” JMA Wireless was cited as a key U.S. player in 5G technology. The piece includes a quote from JMA’s senior vice President of communications and external affairs, Bill Plummer, on the dynamic and thriving competitive environment in wireless.
The story also touches on the importance of open radio access networks (O-RANs). As JMA CEO John Mezzalingua put it in his recent Congressional testimony, O-RAN is a revolutionary advancement that is already helping to unleash innovation and “bring U.S. leadership back to a communications industry that we originally created and led.” JMA is a leader in advancing O-RAN, with notable success at the 2nd Annual Global O-RAN Plugfest and a recently announced partnership with Italy’s TIM to deploy O-RAN in Faenza, a city of around 60,000 people.
Key excerpts of the article follow, with access to the full piece here.
“The U.S. government has upended the $35 billion-a-year cellular-equipment industry, ushering in a new era of competition and giving U.S. companies a shot at re-entering a sector they vacated years ago.”
“’It’s got a Wild West feel to it,’ says Bill Plummer, a former Nokia and Huawei executive now working at JMA Wireless, a Syracuse, New York, 5G company. ‘We haven’t seen this since probably the eve of the dot-com bust—this dynamic and thriving competitive environment in wireless.’”
“American officials further say the new competitive landscape is crucial to U.S. efforts to counter China’s influence in developing 5G technology, the next generation of wireless technology that will serve as the building blocks for all sorts of future technologies — whether in robot-run factories, heart-rate monitors or any number of industries and products.”
Source: JMA Wireless
JMA Wireless’ TEKO platform can now support of two indoor deployment spectrum bands for New T-Mobile and Dish: the 2.5 GHz mid band for New T-Mobile and AWS-4 (2 GHz), a deployment band available for DISH.
For large multi-carrier spaces, pre-building the capability to serve all current and future bands from every carrier is an important strategy, according to JMA, including anticipated spectrum needs across both 4G and future 5G.
JMA has systems in more than 400 large venues with these extended spectrum band capabilities, designed to allow the New T-Mobile and Dish to deploy as fast as possible.
“The sheer size of the 2.5 GHz band becomes problematic for bandwidth-sensitive platforms, many of which have single band limitations of 80 megahertz,” according to JMA. “The result is a choice between supporting less than half the available average bandwidth of New T-Mobile’s 2.5 GHz or requiring a costly upgrade.If the single band limitation is solved, the same platforms are faced with total system bandwidth limitations of 320 megahertz, which also drive additional system upgrades.”
JMA’s TEKO platform has no bandwidth limitations and supports even the most spectrum rich 2.5 GHz license areas, some of which offer nearly 200 megahertz of bandwidth.
In what could be the sign of a resurgence in manufacturing technology in the United States, JMA Wireless is bringing an advanced 5G manufacturing and edge development center to downtown Syracuse, New York. The planned 5G campus will be the manufacturing site for the world’s first indoor 5G millimeter wave radio system.
The campus will span a city block and support a multitude of consumer- and business-facing demos along with high-tech manufacturing operations. The facility, previously Coyne Textiles, is estimated to be a $25 million investment, bringing 100 new jobs to Syracuse’s downtown area.
“We strongly believe in the American entrepreneurial spirit and have confidence that U.S.-based engineering will make a difference in the race to 5G. We’re continuing investment in New York to set the pace for U.S.-driven 5G innovation, something we’ve been told too often must come from international providers,” said John Mezzalingua, JMA CEO.
JMA has used U.S.-based innovation since its inception, delivering the world’s first software-based 4G baseband as well as integrated CBRS solutions, large-scale distributed antenna deployments, and onshore manufacturing of 4G/5G antennas and high-grade connectors. During the last six years, JMA has invested more than $100 million in the Syracuse area and employs over 500 locally. The company operates development facilities in Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Texas; and Richmond, Virginia, as well.
As well as manufacturing 5G equipment locally, JMA’s 5G campus will showcase 5G use cases in an integrated experience center. The facility aspires to be completely unwired, utilizing technology like private 5G and CBRS to power voice and data communications as well as high levels of automation. JMA’s CUSP edge products will be heavily utilized across the campus, focusing on emerging use cases across vertical markets like sports and entertainment, retail, education, and healthcare.
JMA Wireless has announced several technological advancements and new products in its portfolio of macro and in-building antenna products, supporting both emerging unlicensed bands and 5G NR technology.
New editions to JMA’s antennas feature enhanced spectrum support including CBRS and LAA, providing a balanced approach to increased capacity and performance.
Small Cell Antennas
C Spire launched a 5G millimeter wave fixed wireless service last month with the deployment of broadband internet service to residents in a residential subdivision of Harrison County near the city of Gulfport. The fixed wireless service is using a C Spire cell site with 28 GHz equipment from the C Spire’s partner and 5G mmWave OEM, PHAZR, a JMA Wireless company.
Residents connected to the service have received download speeds of up to 750 Megabits per second (Mbps), upload speeds of up to 600 Mbps with latency as low as 8 milliseconds, according to C Spire President Stephen Bye.
“We use areas like this residential subdivision to continue our efforts to deliver on the promise of moving Mississippi forward with ground-breaking internet access for consumers and businesses,” Bye said. “In our state, broadband technology is the path to a stronger economy, more jobs and a healthier lifestyle.”
C Spire’s support for broadband deployment is part of its Tech Movement initiative launched in 2017 and is designed to leverage the firm’s technology investments to help transform its service areas and improve the quality of life for residents. Other elements include tech workforce development and investments in tech innovation to stimulate economic growth and broader societal impact in the 21st century.
Bye said the company plans to deploy fixed wireless internet service to thousands of consumers and businesses across the state over the next several years as part of the Tech Movement initiative and to meet the growing needs for high-quality, fast internet access and to boost the Magnolia State’s $108.5 billion economy.
PHAZR is partnering with C Spire to develop affordable 5G mmWave solutions using 5G client devices and base stations to extend the Mississippi company’s extensive 8,700 route miles of fiber infrastructure across its network, much of it at the edge of many neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties.
“5G RAN technology is the engine behind C Spire’s fixed wireless deployment and provides them with a new, flexible option that can be offered across any part of their footprint, including the many hard to reach, less accessible areas,” said Farooq Khan, president of the PHAZR unit at JMA Wireless.