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Pat Hindle is responsible for editorial content, article review and special industry reporting for Microwave Journal magazine and its web site in addition to social media and special digital projects. Prior to joining the Journal, Mr. Hindle held various technical and marketing positions throughout New England, including Marketing Communications Manager at M/A-COM (Tyco Electronics), Product/QA Manager at Alpha Industries (Skyworks), Program Manager at Raytheon and Project Manager/Quality Engineer at MIT. Mr. Hindle graduated from Northeastern University - Graduate School of Business Administration and holds a BS degree from Cornell University in Materials Science Engineering.
mmWaves

5G Standalone Networks Have Arrived

When we started 5G network deployments, it was planned to first implement 5G non-standalone (NSA) networks that used 4G infrastructure followed by standalone (SA) 5G networks that are separate, complete 5G networks. This year marks the first release of 5G SA networks as GSA has identified 47 operators in 24 countries worldwide that have been investing in public 5G SA networks (in the form of trials, planned or actual deployments). In addition, a number of these are testing or deploying 5G standalone technologies for private networks.


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5G Tools

GSA August 2020 5G Report

Tracking the roll out of 5G, the August 2020 GSA report said the number of announced 5G devices has continued to climb quickly. In January 2020, the number of announced 5G devices exceeded 200 for the first time; by end-July 364 devices had been announced, of which 162 were understood to be commercially available (up from 135 at the end of June).


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IMS2020

IMS2020 Highlights

I attended the virtual IMS2020 event this week and wanted to highlight some of the significant product announcements I saw in the news plus review the 5G Summit and closing ceremony.


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Protect Your Brand's Reputation

In the past, brand safety has not been a big concern for most companies. Recently though, the major digital platforms have allowed posting of hate speech and false statements (especially relating to political posts) and have disseminated content globally without any review or monitoring of the content. While Twitter was relatively quick to label some of the political statements as possibly false, Facebook refused to take any action for months. As a result, in July more than 1000 companies boycotted Facebook, including the likes of Verizon, Starbucks, Coke-a-Cola, North Face, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, Unilever, Levi Strauss and Ben & Jerry’s.


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Yole RFFE Mkt

TF-SAW vs. BAW: RF Companies Taking Different Strategies

Extracted from System Plus Consulting and Yole Développement Reports

“Qualcomm and Murata are today leading the RF filters market,” asserts Stéphane Elisabeth, Technology & Cost Analyst from System Plus Consulting. “In the smartphone industry, within the filter market segment, the two companies are today facing off, and competition is fierce.” Read this analysis of the RF Front End filter market evolution.


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Yole RF Front end

Yole Sizes Up RF Front-end Market Leaders

This is a summary taken from the recent release by System Plus Consulting’s partner, Yole Développement (Yole). Yole projects an 8% CAGR between 2018 and 2025 for the RF front-end market. At US$15 billion in 2018, the industry is projected to reach US$25.8 billion by 2025, according to Yole.


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Satellite2020

Satellite 2020 Bucked the Trend

Satellite 2020 was one of the trade shows that was able to go ahead even though the last day of the exhibition was cancelled. The timing was just right that it occurred right before the major shutdowns in the US went into place. The keynote Monday afternoon was a “fireside chat” with Elon Musk as he was asked about many of his space ventures and plans for the future.


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