TELUS, a communications technology company, and thinkRF, a leader in software-defined spectrum analysis, have announced a partnership to co-develop a spectrum monitoring system (Spectrum eXperience Management, “SXM”) that will feed TELUS continuous insights about competitive mobile infrastructure deployments so that it can deliver world-leading network connectivity to Canadians.
thinkRF's patent-pending SXM solution uses a network of powerful, cloud-connected Radio Frequency (RF) sensors to characterize, optimize and protect RF spectrum assets such as 5G networks. SXM combines thinkRF’s industry-leading RF spectrum analysis technology together with advanced analytics in a configurable cloud-based subscription service. SXM Release 1.0 continuously and autonomously characterizes all 4G and 5G network deployments in a region and provides operators with valuable competitive insights. Now, operators like TELUS can track competitive occupancy, coverage, spectrum sharing, and technology changes over time.
“thinkRF’s software-defined radio spectrum analyzer will provide TELUS with real-time insights on the state of our wireless technologies. The data will be analyzed and its findings will result in better coverage optimization, which will enable us to further improve the quality of services we deliver to our customers. We are proud to support this exciting Canadian-built and operated technology to drive insights-driven spectrum management,” said Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, Chief Technology Officer, TELUS.
“We are proud to partner with TELUS in rolling out the next generation of spectrum monitoring”, said Jim Roche thinkRF CEO. “thinkRF’s leading spectrum analysis technology, married with TELUS’ market insights and resources, provides a powerful combination. Real-time continuous insights about the wireless environment will improve spectrum efficiency, which in return enhance customer experience”.
The RF spectrum is a public resource of tremendous value to society. In Canada, leading mobile operators have spent tens of billions of dollars to acquire spectrum license rights. In the US, operators have spent close to half a trillion dollars, and worldwide this figure exceeds a trillion dollars. In addition, trillions of dollars of future investments and the safety of millions of people rely on the efficient, reliable use of those spectrum assets. Through measurement, monitoring, and protection of spectrum assets, thinkRF’s SXM system enables owners, users, and the public to receive the maximum benefit of this critical resource.
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