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HFCL Chooses CommAgility 5G Software for Indoor Small Cells

According to Wireless Telecom Group (WTG), the owner of UK-based CommAgility, a developer of signal processing and RF modules and LTE PHY/stack software for 4G and 5G mobile network and related applications, New Dehli-based Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited (HFCL) has chosen CommAgility’s 5G new radio (NR) software for use in its 5G indoor small cells. HFCL is using CommAgility’s flexible, configurable 5G NR physical layer (PHY) and digital front-end (DFE) software for deployment in consumer, enterprise and industry vertical markets, WTG said. As part of CommAgility’s implementation, it provides support services to install its software with HFCL’s baseband and RF hardware, WTG said. Other companies owned by WTG are  Boonton, Holzworth, Microlab and Noisecom.

HFCL is investing in building a portfolio of products for 5G radio access network and 5G transport, WTG said. It said the portfolio includes 8T8R/32T32R macro RU, indoor and outdoor small cell, cell site router and aggregation routers for fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul.

“CommAgility is a key technology partner for HFCL,” said Mr. Mahendra Nahata, managing director at HFCL. “We selected CommAgility due to the flexibility, features, and performance of its PHY software, as well as its proven track record in 4G and 5G applications.

Nahata said that CommAgility provides the L1 PHY, which he said is a critical module of HCFL’s 5G indoor small cell. He said that CommAgility’s in-depth understanding of NXP’s baseband platforms and its partnership with NXP are crucial to enable an optimized L1 PHY running on NXP’s baseband platform.”

“We’re delighted that HFCL have chosen our 5G NR software – we look forward to working closely with them and supporting their innovative approach to 5G infrastructure,” said Edward Young, senior vice president and managing director at CommAgility. “As one of India’s largest integrated telecom network providers, they have an opportunity to shape the next generation of wireless systems.”

As part of its 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) portfolio, HFCL is investing in building a portfolio of 5G small cell products that include both indoor and outdoor as well as FR1 and FR2 frequency bands, according to WTG. It said that HFCL would benefit from CommAgility PHY software that supports this range of 5G small cell products, allowing HFCL maximum design, development and deployment flexibility. As the 3GPP specifications evolve, WTG said, HFCL will also benefit from the continuous innovation of CommAgility to evolve the PHY to meet new customer requirements.

CommAgility is supplying its SmallCellPHY-5G software, which provides a 5G base station, or gNodeB, implementation of the physical layer, WTG said. It said the software is configurable with a modular architecture and is tailored for use with NXP Layerscape wireless SoC devices.

HFCL is a technology enterprise engaged in manufacturing high-end transmission and access equipment, optical fiber, optical fiber cables (OFC) and specializes in setting up modern communication networks for telecom service providers, railways and defense, WTG said.

“The company has state-of-the-art optical fiber and optical fiber cable manufacturing plants at Hyderabad, India, optical fiber cable manufacturing plant in Goa, India, and in its subsidiary at Chennai, India, along with FRP and ARP rod manufacturing plant in its subsidiary at Hosur, India,” a statement from WTG reads.

WTG said that HFCL’s in-house Centre for Excellence in Research located at Gurgaon and Bengaluru, India, along with invested research and development houses and other collaborators at various locations in India and abroad, innovate a futuristic range of technology products and solutions. WTG mentioned that some of HFCL’s newly developed products are Wi-Fi systems, unlicensed band radios, switches, electronic fuses, electro-optic devices and video management systems. It said HFCL has a suite of products under development that includes software-defined radios, routers, PON, 5G transport and radio products, Wi-Fi 6 access points, point-to-multipoint radios and ground surveillance radars.

Describing itself as a global designer and manufacturer of advanced RF and microwave components, modules, systems, and instruments, Wireless Telecom Group said its products serve the wireless, telecommunication, satellite, military, aerospace, semiconductor and medical industries.

“Wireless Telecom Group products enable innovation across existing and emerging wireless technologies,” the WTG statement reads. “With a product portfolio including peak power meters, signal generators, phase noise analyzers, signal processing modules, 5G and LTE PHY/stack software, power splitters and combiners, GPS repeaters, public safety components, noise sources, and programmable noise generators, Wireless Telecom Group supports the development, testing, and deployment of wireless technologies around the globe.”

RF Industries to Acquire Microlab RF Business Unit of Wireless Telecom Group

RF Industries, a manufacturer and marketer of interconnect products and systems, said it has entered into an agreement to acquire Microlab, the radio frequency components business of Wireless Telecom Group, for $24.25 million. Although approved by both companies’ boards of directors, the transaction is subject to approval by Wireless Telecom Group’s shareholders. Closing of the transaction is anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2022.

The transaction would accelerate Wireless Telecom Group’s transformation into a leading test and measurement, and specialized 5G software service solutions provider, said Tim Whelan, CEO of Wireless Telecom Group.

“After the transaction is completed, we will be debt-free and have approximately $17 million in cash and cash equivalents,” Whelan said. “We believe the benefits of a strengthened balance sheet and streamlined business model will drive improvements to our strategy for long-term profitable growth as we focus on our other higher-growth, higher-margin businesses.”

Whelan said that Wireless Telecom Group is guided by raising shareholder value. He said the company has transformed its business, increased the size of its addressable market, added higher-value software solutions and expanded its portfolio of products. As a result, said, the company’s consolidated gross margins have increased, and the company is expecting to benefit from larger market growth opportunities in 5G private networks, small cell deployments and test and measurement solutions.

“Following the sale,” Whelan said, “our strategy will continue to focus on our specialized software and test and measurement solutions to address customer’s unique pain points developing their differentiated solutions in the semiconductor, satellite, aerospace and defense sectors.”

At the completion of the transaction, Wireless Telecom Group will be composed of Boonton, Holzworth and Noisecom brands within its test and measurement product group, and the CommAgility brand within its radio, baseband and software product group, the company said. It said that the transaction will allow Wireless Telecom Group to prepare for the next stage of transformation with a stronger concentration of revenue and the ability to focus its investments on long-term and high-growth opportunities, including satellite communications, 5G small cell and private network deployments, and growth in applications related to semiconductor testing, military and defense spending and quantum computing.



Microlab To Provide Ultra-Wideband Solutions for 5G Network Capacity Expansion at SoFi Stadium

Wireless Telecom Group’s Microlab brand has been selected to provide ultra-wideband solutions to support the expansion of SoFi Stadium’s cellular network, enabling increased capacity and 5G network densification. The Microlab solutions were specifically selected due to superior capabilities in addressing evolving wireless requirements, ensuring the deployment of future-proof networks that can support new 5G services now and in the future, according to Wireless Telecom Group.

Building upon the previous integration of Microlab’s ultra-wideband solutions at SoFi Stadium to provide optimized wireless coverage and capacity from the outset, the venue must now augment the network in preparation to hold large events with at-capacity crowds, Wireless Telecom Group said. It said that events of this magnitude must deliver a seamless 5G experience to an increased number of fans, particularly when the venue is at maximum occupancy and under extreme wireless demands.

“As fans return to stadiums across the country, we are proud to extend our leading ultra-wideband solutions and provide next-generation wireless connectivity at SoFi Stadium,” said Walt Strickler, Wireless Telecom Group’s VP of product management. “Our focus on delivering products that accelerate 5G network deployments and guarantees optimal network performance is relied upon by our customers to build a robust cellular network for improved fan experiences.”

Microlab’s ultra-wideband solutions are designed to address the needs of today as well as tomorrow, providing the flexibility to adapt to changes in 5G FR1 allocated, licensed, and shared-use frequency bands, according to Wireless Telecom Group. The company said that the Microlab ultra-wideband product portfolio includes readily available solutions such as combiners, filters, cables, power dividers, terminations, tappers and couplers.

“Wireless Telecom Group, comprised of Boonton, CommAgility, Holzworth, Microlab and Noisecom brands, is a global designer and manufacturer of advanced RF and microwave components, modules, systems and instruments serving the wireless, telecommunication, satellite, military, aerospace, semiconductor and medical industries,” a statement from Wireless Telecom Group reads.