PHYTunes has unveiled a methodology to deliver high-frequency 5G wireless signals over existing and new wireline infrastructure eliminating the barriers to high-speed, advanced applications within residential and commercial buildings. The PHYTunes team demonstrated its innovative approach to wireless-wireline convergence at Deutsche Telekom's global competition, the Telekom Challenge, winning first place in the Research Stream. T-Labs, the Deutsche Telekom research and development unit, launched the international science competition this year.
In-building limitations to high-frequency signals could slow 5G adoption and limit the number of use cases utilizing IoT, automation, and artificial intelligence. 5G loses significant signal strength going through physical barriers including glass, wood and concrete. PHYTunes has developed a Cellular Subscriber Line (CSL) approach to use existing wireline infrastructure to transport the 5G signal over existing telephone lines, fiber-optic cables, ethernet wires, and coaxial cables to seamlessly deliver 5G speeds without degradation within the home, small business or enterprise.
Deutsche Telekom received 180 proposals from 35 countries competing in both the Development and Research Streams. PHYTunes won first place in the Research Stream and will receive a prize of 75,000 Euro. PHYTunes was the only North American company to make the final top ten. In addition, it will receive an investment from hub:raum, Deutsche Telekom's technology incubator.
Said Jisung Oh, CEO of PHYTunes, "This award recognizes the hard work of our team and validates the critical need for high-speed, in-building solutions that promise to improve the way we work, live and play. At PHYTunes we are literally eliminating the physical and environmental barriers to IoT, artificial intelligence and other application innovation from remote medicine to augmented reality."
Said Elmar Arunov, Program Lead for the Telekom Challenge at T-Labs, "Jisung Oh and his team at PHYTunes are solving a critical problem for the future of wireless networking. Their novel approach could change the game of connectivity at the edge."