|News: CBRS finishes NTIA hardware tests, SAS next, NimbeLlink gets coverage, Comcast end user devices in news|
Minnesota's NimbeLink looks beyond beehives to the 'Internet of Things'
NimbeLink's products are part of the building blocks in fast-growing cellular networks that enable companies to remotely track anything and everything. April 1, 2019 — 12:38pm... “NimbeLink has an outstanding global reputation for innovation and reliability, and we are delighted to work with them to create new ‘IoT’ success stories for our customers throughout Orange countries in Europe,” Luc Savage, a vice president of IoT business of Orange said in February. NimbeLink is a fast-growing component maker that’s helping to propel a small piece of the IoT market, which will top $256 billion in global sales within a couple of years, according to Boston Consulting Group. That’s not bad considering that the IoT was little more than an idea 20 years ago... NimbeLink, which employs 25 and manufactures through a Twin Cities contract-electronics shop, has grown from revenue of $3.5 million in 2016 to $11.6 million last year. The company is forecasting revenue to top $15 million this year... NimbeLink’s established competitors include Digi International of Hopkins, a company that posted more than $228 million in revenue in its most recent fiscal year. “NimbeLink’s value is that they make a lot of difficult things easier for customers in terms of hardware design, including the Skywire, a plug in modem, and its really simple to get connected and with a good data plan that makes it a one-stop shop,” said Josh Mickolio, a senior product manager at Digi-Key Corp., the big industrial-distribution company. “Even though it’s a relatively small company, they are able to do a lot of things technologically. They are a leader in their space.”...
Editor’s Note—CBRS closes in on prime time by Monica Alleven | Apr 1, 2019 ... National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) head David Redl last week provided a bit of an update on the situation, saying engineers at NTIA’s research lab, the Institute for Telecommunications Services (ITS), have completed lab testing of ESC equipment for a handful of companies looking to commercialize the 3.5 GHz band. Work on the SAS side continues, and “we are working judiciously to make sharing in this band a reality as soon as possible,” he said at a Free State Foundation conference...
Comcast seeks new experimental CBRS license by Monica Alleven | Mar 29, 2019 4:54pm...
As for the end user equipment, Comcast said the experiments will use traditional mobile handsets, USB mobile dongle hotspot devices and MiFi mobile hotspot devices... Cable companies have been pursuing tests in the CBRS band for quite some time. Last year Charter Communications said its initial tests of fixed wireless services in the 3.5 GHz band showed that it could provide 25 Mbps services at “significant distances.”
Arris prepares for life after acquisition by CommScope by Monica Alleven | Apr 1, 2019