Antenna and wireless network testing company, PCTEL announced a new LTE multiband antenna that helps boost data rates and reliability for utility networks. PCTEL’s 5-port base station omnidirectional antenna (BOA) is designed for fixed public and private LTE and industrial IoT network deployments. It supports multi-carrier connectivity and is ideal for network failover to mitigate downtime in smart grids and other mission-critical applications.
“PCTEL’s latest antenna will enable the future of the IIoT for our Utilities customers. For example, advanced smart grids utilizing our antenna could reduce outages and efficiently manage alternative energy sources,” said Rishi Bharadwaj, PCTEL’s Chief Operating Officer. “The antenna’s ultra-broadband technology also supports LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation and delivers superior 4×4 MIMO performance for asset management, video communications, and other applications that require high data capacity,” added Bharadwaj.
This is the latest in PCTEL’s field-proven BOA antenna series, deployed in a variety of fixed IIoT applications around the world. The new antenna features:
- Multiple network compatibility
- Four (4) broadband ports supporting LTE, LTE-Advanced, LTE-M, NB-IoT, 2G/3G cellular, Wi-Fi, and private wireless technologies
- One (1) GPS/GLONASS port with PCTEL’s unique high rejection GNSS technology for network timing and tracking
The BOA is similar in function to SD-WAN carrier aggregation and shows the evolution of the IIoT market. When connectivity is crucial, this is the best way to ensure devices are always-on.
This exciting new product is a great way for PCTEL to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
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