Use of 3D Beamforming Technology to Enhance Private LTE/5G Networks

Blue Danube Systems, a provider of mobile wireless access solutions and Redline Communications, a provider of industrial wireless broadband network connectivity solutions for mission-critical applications, have announced a strategic collaboration to deploy 3D beamforming solutions in Private LTE/5G networks. The companies have also announced plans for further research and development to advance integrated solutions to transform experiences in industrial deployments.

Industrial companies often have local connectivity needs and operate in remote locations or temporary sites, such as mines, power plants, offshore oil rigs, container ports, factories and warehouses where connectivity for these environments can be challenging. While standalone wireless networks to serve devices and users within a localized area have significantly improved performance and reliability, the rapid growth of industrial automation – e.g. IoT devices and autonomous vehicles – brings new challenges and opportunities for these private networks. According to Harbor Research, Private LTE for industrial and business markets will grow more than 3-fold between now and 2023, reaching nearly $70 billion in estimated annual revenue.

Blue Danube’s Coherent Massive MIMO solution has consistently exceeded commercial wireless network improvement objectives as well as demonstrated unprecedented beamforming flexibility with mobile operators worldwide. The commercial evaluation with Redline is expected to demonstrate that the combined solution of Redline’s baseband product and Blue Danube’s Massive MIMO radio can characterize and flexibly adapt to the unique radio characteristics and ever-changing footprint of industrial locations and still meet the latency and throughput requirements of deployed applications.

With this collaboration, Redline accelerates the promise of an automated industry by supporting a ‘plug-and-play’ private LTE/5G ecosystem. The commercial evaluation will serve as a catalyst for Private Network clients to further exploit the capabilities of industrial IoT applications. The proliferation of private LTE/5G networks due to the availability of the unlicensed CBRS spectrum is set to further accelerate the demand for agile networks. Blue Danube and Redline Communications are at the Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles, California from October 22 to 24.