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SOFTBANK, Sankyo Tateyama, and Nippon Antenna have jointly announced the development of an "invisible" signboard antenna for use as a base station for the 5th Generation Mobile communications system (5G). SoftBank plans to operate 5G base stations using the "invisible" signboard antennas.
The development of the "invisible" signboard antenna was prompted by the need to install a large number of antennas to promote 5G. However, it was not easy to increase the number of base stations due to the constraints of installation locations and the town's landscape. Therefore, they developed these antennas that do not damage the town's landscape.
The main feature of the "Invisible" signboard antenna is that the antenna module is built into the signboard, so it does not look like an antenna on the outside.
Another advantage of the "Invisible" signboard is that the antenna module is integrated into the signboard, which makes installation and maintenance easy. The antenna's directivity can be easily adjusted for flexible installation and operation.
The dimensions are approximately 140mm wide, 130mm high, 50mm deep, and weighs about 0.4kg.
According to the release, it is expected to be used in commercial facilities such as convenience stores, stations, and parking lots.
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