Cell phone signal booster company SureCall introduced the Force8, the wireless industry’s first 5G signal booster at last week’s Consumer Electronics (CES) show in Las Vegas. Force8 will be available in Q2 2019 and will give users increased 5G connectivity for commercial real estate buildings in urban, suburban and rural areas across the United States.
The Force8 solution is designed to strengthen and improve non-millimeter wave 5G cellular signals for both the T-Mobile 600 MHz band and AT&T’s 2.3 GHz mid-band signals. Plus, Force8 will boost all US carriers’ 3G and 4G LTE signals, including the AWS-3 and Sprint 800 MHz bands, a portion of the radio frequency (RF) spectrum that will keep cell customers connected, even after 5G can provide coverage nationally.
“Reports predict that 90 percent of buildings will not have cell service for the 5G network due to the inability of the high-frequency RF signals to penetrate structures and material,” SureCall founder and Chief Executive Officer Hongtao Zhan said in a company release. “Because of this, there is a huge need to bring affordable 5G connectivity into commercial buildings. SureCall is committed to solving this by architecting solutions that will create a 5G future with reliable coverage. Force8 represents a significant first step toward supporting a successful deployment of the 5G network.”
Pricing for the Force8 begins at $6,999, depending on application size and the scope of installation. The solution requires carrier approval and a professional integrator has to install it in any commercial real estate building.