The German technology startup Airrays delivers adaptive antenna technology for 4G and upcoming 5G radio access networks to effectively address the growing demand for wireless capacity and reduce network total cost of ownership. Today, the company announced to have closed Series A financing round with DAH Beteiligungs GmbH to cover the full product development cycle.
Airrays develops a game changing radio antenna technology for mobile communication base stations. Instead of broadcasting a signal to a complete cell, Airrays’ radio units focus the radiated signal directly to the user leading to up to 10 fold better capacity and efficiency of a cellular system. The technology provides the only solution to address the capacity, efficiency and ease of use demands of network operators for the coming ten years. This new kind of base station antenna ultimately replaces current systems when the next generation mobile standard, 5G is deployed. Airrays antennas make use of hundred and more single antenna elements each equipped with their own transceiver and signal processing. With Airrays technology virtually any antenna pattern can be electronically shaped. This will be a complete paradigm change in deploying and operating cellular networks.
“For future 5G technology, we all need a breakthrough in antenna technology, covering massive MIMO and beamforming, and a lot of new spectrum for higher capacity and speed”, says Vodafone Ambassador Hartmut Kremling.
Airrays offering is well timed with the increasing demand for wireless capacity. Driven by the proliferation of smart phones, tabloids and new wireless services such as the internet of things, the data volume in cellular networks is doubling every eighteen months. On the other side the revenue of operators remains flat. Therefore, innovative solutions are required to provide more capacity without increasing cost.