Cirtek US unit unveils new antennas

Thursday, July 09, 2020
by: CEC

Business Mirror

ByVG Cabuag,  July 9, 2020


The subsidiary of Cirtek Holdings Philippines Corp. in the United States said it rolled out another batch of its 5G antennas that are capable of using the new frequencies freed up for commercial use by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In its disclosure on Wednesday, the company said Quintel USA Inc. has approved and released nine new antennas equipped with Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) frequencies. This frequency band, previously reserved for the Federal government’s navy, aircraft and satellite applications, was recently released for commercial use by the FCC in January this year.

“Quintel is very excited to participate in the nationwide swap out of existing antennas to add CBRS functionality on top of current infrastructure. This comes at an opportune time when the pandemic has forced millions of companies and employees to work from home thereby shifting rapid growth and traffic to voice and data networks. Our new antennas are designed to open up 150MHz of new information highway spectrum to US networks,“ Cirtek Vice Chairman and President Jorge Aguilar said.

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Under the FCC rule, wireless carriers may deploy 5G, or fifth generation, mobile networks using the CBRS spectrum without acquiring additional licenses.

Quintel’s new antennas utilize the 3.5 gigahertz CBRS band, designed to improve wireless broadband access and performance in the US.

Last week, the company was approved by one of the top two largest carriers for the supply of CBRS antennas.

Meanwhile, its sister firm Cirtek Advanced Technologies and Solutions Inc. (CATSI), has inked a multi-million project with a Silicon Valley based technology company for the production of 5G-supporting chipsets to be used in fiber optic networks.

A single chipset enables data processing speeds of up to 400 Gbps (billions of bits per second) in optical networks.

“Such capability, when used collectively, will allow great scalability and cater to the growing data processing requirements of an increasingly networked society. CATSI is capitalizing its decades of history and experience in specialized microwave integrated circuit assembly and test knowhow capabilities to begin production for the chipsets by the fourth quarter this year,” Cirtek Holdings CFO Brian Gregory Liu said.

Quintel is a Silicon Valley-based technology company that designs, develops and delivers base station antenna solutions that cater mostly to mobile phone operators.

CATSI is a value-added, radio frequency, microwave and millimeter wave technology company producing electronic manufacturing services, modules, systems, box-build finished products and equipment for wireless broadband, cellular communications, radar, satellite and advanced antenna systems for terrestrial, mobile and space-link communications.