The Next Generation in Wireless is Here: Are You Ready?

Wireless devices are everywhere, and their numbers are exploding. New wireless technologies like 5G and OnGo™ help to get the most from these devices. But only those organizations that are set up to take advantage of these new technologies can benefit from them. The rest will be left behind. To make sure you are ready for what is coming, you will want to seamlessly integrate 5G and OnGo™ into your existing network so that your organization’s wireless needs are met now and in the future.

Leading CIOs are turning to Black Box to help them incorporate these new technologies into their existing wireless networks to make sure their organizations can take advantage of the new opportunities these technologies bring as well as handle the increasing demands their wireless networks will soon need to handle.


Everything Wireless—Plan for Tomorrow, Today

With 5G and OnGo™, coupled with other wireless networks, it is important to create a strategy that supports everything wireless—both existing and new.

Black Box can help enterprises implement their wireless strategy and plan for tomorrow, today by following these principles.
Networks Designed for Applications & Devices

Start by learning the wireless requirements for the devices and applications you use now and plan to use in the future. Design a wireless network to meet those needs. This outside-in approach means that your network will be ready for anything.

Leverage the Right Network for All Users

With 5G and OnGo™, together with purpose-built wireless networks, you have more leverage now than before. Place the right device and application on the right network to expand your organization’s overall wireless capacity.

Mission-Critical Performance on All Networks

When using the two previous principles, you can leverage coverage, capacity, and network selectivity to provide mission-critical performance. Not only on one network, but across all networks.

Mission-critical performance is built into everything we do—from design to deployment to support.

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Comprehensive Wireless Network Solutions

Today’s wireless technologies give organizations many opportunities to streamline their operations and improve the customer experience. Black Box can help you create a complete network that takes full advantage of these advanced technologies with our business WiFi solutions to meet your organization’s unique needs. Come and discover the power of 5G & OnGo.

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5G and OnGo Redefining Mobility in Hospitals

The Evolution of 5G/OnGo is Driving Revolutionary Healthcare Innovations. Over the last decade, wireless has become critical to everything we do. Wireless is not slowing down, but accelerating at an ever-increasing rate. Today there are approximately 6.5 network-connected devices per person in a hospital. Within 3 years, this average will increase to 13 devices per person and more than 50% of all devices will be wireless, potentially overwhelming networks. For the first time, we are clearly establishing the world of “mobile-first” in healthcare technology. Check out this white paper to learn How 5G/OnGo technologies are going to impact hospital operations and healthcare delivery.

Read this guide to find out how your business can retool and reimagine your current legacy system to support an exponential amount of users, devices, and locations.

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Answers to your 10 most FAQ about 5G

Jun 22, 2020, 08:11 AM by Black Box
5G is the next generation of mobile networks technology, offers higher speeds, low latency, and greater bandwidth than 4G. So, when will it arrive and how will it impact your business? Check out this FAQ to find out.

1. What is 5G?

5G is the fifth generation of cellular wireless/mobile technology. First there was 1G that was built from nothing — a clean sheet of paper. Every subsequent generation (2G, 3G, and 4G) has been incrementally built on top of the preceding generation and offers increased capacity and speed. 5G will continue this evolution but promises to make large scale improvements. Specifically, 5G promises to deliver 1) speeds in excess of 1 Gbps up to ten times faster than 4G, 2) ultra-low latency <1 mSec, and 3) effective IoT to a massive number of devices.

2. What is the difference between 4G and 5G?

There are two frequency bands that 5G networks can operate on: sub-6 GHz and above 30 GHz millimeter waves (mmWave). 4G networks use frequencies below 6 GHz.

The higher frequencies above 30 GHz can carry a lot of data very quickly and are better for use in high-density, high-traffic areas such as airports, convention centers, and stadiums. Millimeter wave networks are limited in range (often less than a square mile) and data is easily blocked by trees and buildings. So to accommodate users in high-density areas, many, many small antennae have to be installed for direct line-of-sight service. The smaller 5G antennas provide precise directional control where as 4G towers send data in all directions.

Low-band frequencies, such as the sub-6 GHz range, can provide 5G service in lower density areas and high density areas that don’t have direct line-of-sight to a 5G mmW cell.

3. What will happen to 4G?

4G isn’t going away and there will be no hard cut over. 4G and 5G will coexist. For instance, if your device drops a 5G signal, it will fall back on 4G LTE.

4. How will 5G affect indoor traffic?

It’s estimated that 80% of all wireless traffic originates indoors so 5G service will be critical to IoT applications such as smart retail, healthcare, hospitality, finance, as well as enterprise communications.

5. 5G is here.

The first release of 5G, in late 2017 by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), was for non-standalone 5G New Radio (5G NR). 5G NR is a set of standards that replace the LTE network 4G wireless communications standard. An important goal of 5G NR is to support the growth of wireless communication by enhancing electromagnetic radiation spectrum efficiency.

6. When will 5G really arrive for me?

2020 should see 5G make a more meaningful impact on consumers and enterprises. There are some 5G devices and smartphones available now. It’s expected that there will be up to 20 new 5G devices by the end of 2020, including smartphones, driven by the Apple iPhone 12.

7. Why is 5G taking so long?

There are a number of reasons including the high-cost to implement the 5G mmW network, and the acquisition of local regulatory approvals for construction of the dense antenna sites. It’s estimated that telecom companies will invest as much as $275 billion into 5G infrastructure before 2025.

8. Does 5G mean I should avoid investment in LTE technologies?

No. LTE growth will continue. Since many bands currently used for 3G and LTE will be reallocated to 5G over the coming years, building a strong RF path today will ensure a solid 5G foundation tomorrow.

9. What is 5GE vs 5G?

5GE is not 5G. It stands for 5G Evolution and it’s the name for AT&T’s existing 4G LTE Advanced service.

10. What will 5G mean for businesses?

5G can help businesses increase efficiency while reducing costs particularly as IoT fuels innovations in retail, hospitality, manufacturing, finance, healthcare, transportation, public safety, and other applications. Business leaders should budget for 5G equipment and plan for more automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data analytics.

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Why Black Box?

While some integrators can help you with one or two of your wireless networking needs, Black Box can help you with all of them (Wi-Fi, DAS, RTLS, etc.). Our dedicated team of solution architects and deployment engineers will help you make sense of 5G and OnGo™ and understand whether one or both of these new technologies would be a good addition to your existing system. We can then help you develop a comprehensive plan that addresses your current needs while preparing you for the future.

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