‘Hovering’ Antennas Might Hold the Key to Faster Roll-Out of 5G Network

Now, there is a need to roll out 5G network and researchers have developed hovering antennas that are entirely separated from the substrate which can avoid interruption.

Any improvement in the signal could affect performance, especially when you are using very high frequencies that are vulnerable to interference.

Researchers at the Ohio State University created millimeter wave antenna arrays that will be able to put out 5G signals that can prevent the substrate from weakening the signal. 5G signals are very sensitive and more impressionable as compared to current 4G signals.

The new technology could be significant to 5G and the next wave of broadband. It will be essential for cellphones in cities where a requirement of strong signal is crucial to overcoming crowded airspace.  You can use these antennas to deliver fixed wireless with less effort instead of wiring entire neighborhoods with expensive and hard-to-position fiber optic cables

“Think of it like a diaphragm supported by small posts, but it’s mostly floating. The idea is to physically isolate the antenna from the lossy substrate. Suspend it in air,” said assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Ohio State University and the leading author on the project, Nima Ghalichechian.

The technology is new and it is not confirmed when it will come to market as the model is still under development. 5G networks were expected to come out only by 2020, but now it’s looking like it will happen very soon with this model.