Broad range of 600MHz-ready external combination antennas

29th April 2019
Lanna Cooper


Taoglas has announced it is first to market with the broadest range of external combination antennas that support all cellular carrier bands. These include the 600MHz spectrum being used by T-Mobile to launch nationwide 5G and NB-IoT services in the United States.

Antennas within Taoglas’ Guardian, Synergy and Apex antenna ranges now support 600MHz without changes to their product enclosures or footprint, making them a suitable fit for routers, modems and other devices that serve applications in retail, enterprise backup for business continuity, and public safety, including FirstNet applications.

T-Mobile is aggressively deploying in the 600MHz spectrum, utilising the low band spectrum to roll out its 5G and NB-IoT networks across the US in lower frequencies. With 600MHz possessing longer wavelengths than traditional cellular services, it allows signals to travel further with fewer antennas required, and it also has much more effective building penetration.

However, antennas need to be larger to accommodate frequencies with longer wavelengths and also the much wider bandwidth requirements of full coverage LTE and 5G. The expertise and experience of Taoglas’ engineering team with both embedded and external wideband antennas has allowed it to add 600MHz capabilities to its combination antennas within the same product enclosures.

“As router and modem vendors prepare for the next generation of LTE availability and 5G with new product launches, today’s customers want to ensure they are covered on all bands that the routers offer,” said Tim Dolan, Vice President of North American Sales at Taoglas. “Taoglas has the first and broadest product line-up of external combination antennas that supports all the US carrier bands for cellular, including LTE Band 71 at 600MHz that is utilised by T-Mobile.”

Taoglas’ cellular combination antennas that also support the 600MHz frequency band include:

  • The Guardian MA931, a low profile 6-in-1 wall- and adhesive-mount antenna, is the first compact combination antenna specifically designed for IoT gateway and router devices. The robust, high performance and fully IP67 waterproof antenna can be mounted internally or externally.
  • The Synergy MA1509, is a 9-in-1 next-gen permanent-mount antenna for vehicle roof applications. The MA1509 is suitable for applications that utilise new high performance data routers where only one antenna is desired, for example, video transmission to and from remote assets and sites.
  • The Apex II TG.35, awideband cellular LTE dipole antenna with the highest wideband efficiency of any terminal antenna on the market.
  • The Reach PCS.66.A, an SMT onboard embedded antenna for IoT applications. This is mounted on the short edge of the PCB and, like all Taoglas cellular LTE antennas, it also covers 3G and 2G bands to allow for fallback when LTE is not available.
  • The FXUB64, an internal flexible 'peel and stick' antenna, has been designed to cover all working frequencies in the 600-3,000MHz spectrum. It is delivered with 3M tape and adhesive with electrical performance on all bands, and is ground independent.

“Many of the applications that will benefit from additional coverage and services are in low signal environments, such as inside buildings for Point Of Sale (POS) systems in retail and in enterprise business continuity applications. And of course, public safety applications are required everywhere, so FirstNet capabilities are critical,” said Dolan. “Taoglas’ antennas are delivering this all in a single package, providing high performance within a small, workable form factor.”

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