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AT&T, FirstNet to Build America’s First Nationwide Broadband Network Dedicated to First Responders

AT&T has been selected by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to build and manage the first broadband network dedicated to America’s police, firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS). The FirstNet network will cover all 50 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, including rural communities and tribal lands in those states and territories.


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Molex BNC RF Connectors and Assemblies Improve Viewing Experience

Molex introduced its new line of radio frequency products, BNC RF Connectors and Assemblies. Designed for leading 8K High-Speed, High Definition TV (HDTV), video equipment and camera manufacturers, the new innovation from Molex yields return loss performance that exceeds SMPTE 2082-1 standards, allowing for future bandwidth expansion without needing to change connector hardware.


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SATELLITE 2017 Reflects Healthy, Optimistic Industry

The SATELLITE 2017 conference, held March 6-9 in Washington, reflected the optimism of an industry chasing the promises of broadband and the IoT, fueled by the investments of wealthy entrepreneurs. To wit, Jeff Bezos, who became rich on the success of Amazon, is parlaying that success into his reusable rocket venture Blue Origin and a vision of renewed space exploration. Microwave Journal attended SATELLITE 2017 to see what role the RF/microwave industry is playing.


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NI Demonstrates First Real-Time OTA Prototype for Verizon 5G at 28 GHz

Prototype achieves 5 Gbit/s peak data rates, scalable to over 20 Gbit/s

Today, at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) in San Francisco, National Instruments (NI) publicly demonstrated a real-time, over-the-air prototype aligned with the Verizon 5G specification. The 28 GHz system uses OFDM with eight component carriers in a 2x2 downlink MU-MIMO configuration, with hybrid beamforming and a self-contained subframe, yielding a 5 Gbps peak throughput that is scalable to over 20 Gbps with eight MIMO streams.


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4G and 5G are changing the RF front-end industry landscape: what are the next steps?

 “The RF front end modules and components market for cellphones is highly dynamic”, asserts Claire Troadec, Activity Leader, RF Devices & Technologies at Yole Développement (Yole). And she adds:” From being worth US$10.1billion last year, it is expected to reach U$22.7 billion in 2022.” Such high growth is definitely something that players in other semiconductor markets would envy: a market that will more than double in six years! However, the growth is not evenly distributed… 


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