What is the XPOL-13?

The XPOL-13 provides an innovative solution for the signal enhancement of 4G/WiMax / 3.4 – 3.8 GHz networks. It is a unique window,
wall- or pole-mountable, dual polarized, full LTE band antenna. Incorporating two separately fed ultra wideband elements in a single
housing, the antenna is equipped to provide client-side MiMo and diversity support for the networks of today and tomorrow.
This is a cost-effective solution for enhancing signal reception and throughput. The XPOL-13 antenna increases signal reliability,
ensures higher data throughput for users and provides a stable, high-quality connection. This improves user experience and secures client retention. It is ideal for any application using the 3.4 – 3.8 GHz LTE/WiMax network.

What is happening with the XPOL-13 and 3.5 Ghz Band?

Google won approval last week to begin testing innovative 3.5 GHz wireless capabilities by using antennas on light poles and other structures in eight areas of Kansas City, Mo.  It will be the first large-scale test of its kind in the nation, following a framework created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a year ago for the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service, which uses 3.5GHz spectrum and allows for dynamic spectrum sharing. The test could last up to 18 months and result in fast, short-range wireless connections to serve areas not reached by Google Fiber. FCC officials have called the 3.5GHz band the “innovation band,” noting it could evolve into a new flavor of Wi-Fi or even an LTE-Unlicensed band.  The commercial potential for the 3.5GHz band is large, both for Google and for its customers. “Yes, 3.5GHz is pretty innovative and could help Google create a city wide broadband network in KC,” said Roger Entner, an analyst at Recon Analytics.

Google could use the service in many ways, although new smartphones and tablets would require 3.5GHz antennas for access to the band. However, a simple dongle inserted into a laptop’s USB port could provide a 3.5GHz antenna, Entner noted.  Theoretically, wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps could be supported, compared to many 4G LTE average speeds of just 10Mbps to 20Mbps, Entner said. The 3.5GHz spectrum could also be used by Internet of Things devices for wireless connections.  Google Fiber first installed 1Gbps Internet connections in homes in the Kansas City area in 2012 and now reaches businesses on both the Kansas and Missouri sides of the metro area. Google won’t divulge how many subscribers it has.

xpol-13 back side“If Google is successful in the 3.5GHz test and goes on to provide commercial services, KC will become the most wirelessly connected gigabit region to benefit from new advanced wireless services,” Assistant City Manager Rick Usher said in an interview.

Google won approval from the FCC last year to do an experimental 3.5GHz wireless test. The company has also claimed its testing shows that both LTE and Wi-Fi network can work alongside radar systems used by the U.S. Navy in the 3.5GHz band. Google had performed the tests to prove the spectrum could be shared by various users; the FCC has required that technology be used to establish a priority for the defense networks.In its presentation to Kansas City officials, Google said it chose the city for the test because the area “understands technology and innovation” and has been an “excellent” partner.

Usher said a side benefit of commercialized 3.5GHz could be cheaper wireless service to lower-income residents who rely heavily on smartphone access to the Internet. “Shared spectrum in the 3.5GHz space has the potential to reduce costs and assist in our efforts to erase the digital divide in KC,” Usher said.  “Wireless connectivity is a critical element of smart city success due to the massive amount of data generated and utilized in the networks,” he said.


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