5G antennas deliver optimal above-horizon gain

October 25, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
5G antennas deliver optimal above-horizon gain
Ideal for IoT applications, these antennas cover many current 4G and 5G frequencies, such as the lower 600 MHz frequencies through to 6 GHz.

Laird Connectivity has launched a new antenna that is a milestone for IoT applications because it delivers optimized gain where it most needed, just above the horizon, and with solid performance across all frequency bands. In the case of the 5G Phantom on-ground plane antenna series, post-production testing revealed better than expected performance. This is testament to the design, manufacturing and build quality of the antennas known to be the best in the industry.

Above-horizon gain is important because many IoT applications exist in remote locations and require the optimal gain to be 10 to 20 degrees above the horizon to provide a solid connection with distant cell towers. Competing low-profile style antennas may look similar, but usually are not engineered to give consistent coverage at or near the horizon. There is no benefit to a high-gain antenna if the direction of gain is pointed near vertical towards the sky rather than the receive point above the horizon.

"The 5G Phantom antenna series is an important milestone, not only for our company, but also for the wireless industry as a whole," said Paul Fadlovich, director of product management for antennas at Laird Connectivity. "Laird has a two-decade reputation for being the leading manufacturer of low-profile antennas and it should not have come as a surprise that testing revealed these antennas performed better than we expected, and superior to competition. They will offer excellent performance for many years in the field and the coverage of future 5G frequencies means they will not need to be replaced for a very long time.”

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