Netcomm just debuted 5G hardware users can ‘self-install’ at home
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5G internet is coming, and the sector is still nailing down various hardware solutions for the application of the technology.
ASX-listed Netcomm (ASX: NTC) thinks it can help, announcing the rollout of a self-install that will help individual users get 5G set up at their house or business.
The company debuted the product overnight at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
How it works
Netcomm’s self-install product works via a phone app which connects to the user’s modem and the local 5G network.
The app then guides the user towards the best location for their modem to maximise the 5G connection.
Along with the app, the company also offers a range of hardware products to optimise modem positioning, including window and wall mounts.
“Operators from all over the world are telling us that Self-Install is the missing ingredient to make 5G Fixed Wireless services profitable — and NetComm is leading the race to bring this critical technology to the marketplace,” said Netcomm marketing director director Els Baert.
The different bandwidths and cell sizes in a 5G network makes it difficult to optimally position a modem for the best connection.
Netcomm has been around in one iteration or another since 1982, when it was founded by David Stewart.
He retired in 2016 but remains the biggest shareholder in Netcomm, which is chaired by former ABC chairman Justin Milne.
Shares in the company surged by almost 50 per cent on Friday after a takeover offer from the NASDAQ-listed Casa Systems.
The offer valued Netcomm at $1.10 per share, up from its mid-week trading range of just above 70 cents.
Netcomm’s board of directors unanimously recommended that shareholders approve the all-cash deal.
Casa views the company’s end-user hardware technology as a good complement to its core 5G network services.