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Will Startups be the Key Ingredient to 5G’s Success?

Startup companies are developing innovative technology that could ultimately bring them to the forefront in the 5G arena.

It’s no surprise that a large number of established companies are playing major roles in hopes of ultimately enabling next-generation 5G networks. However, that begs the question: “What part will startup companies embrace in this 5G game?” While the big names may seem to get all of the attention when it comes to 5G (and rightfully so), the opportunity is ripe for startup companies to make a big impact as well.

It would be wise to pay attention to what these startup companies have to offer—a number of them are invested in developing technology solutions for 5G. Since 5G still is not defined, startups could assume essential roles in making it a reality.

One startup focused on 5G communications is PHAZR, which has developed a solution known as Quadplex. This technology utilizes millimeter-wave frequencies for the downlink while using sub-6-GHz frequencies for the uplink. The company believes its technology can enable “high-performance, cost-effective, and power-efficient 5G systems.”

Another startup company fixated on 5G is Movandi. The company works extensively with millimeter-wave frequencies—its BeamX front end integrates RF, antenna, beamforming, and control algorithms into a modular, 5G millimeter-wave solution. Movandi’s goal is to help accelerate 5G deployments and grow the market faster.

Startup GenXComm  has also thrown its hat into the 5G ring. With its simultaneous self-interference cancellation (S-SIX) technology, the company is targeting the 5G market, among others. There’s also NYC-based MilliLabs, which is focused on channel sounding and channel emulation.

While startup companies may be small in size compared to the established firms, they nonetheless have the chance to significantly impact the 5G landscape. Time will reveal just how much influence they will carry in enabling the next-generation of wireless communications. Perhaps some of the companies that rise to the top in the 5G space will be those you have never even heard of.

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