New antenna technology passes its Internet test

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

An intelligent antenna developed by researchers at Waterloo Engineering has been successfully tested, a major milestone in a multi-year, multi-million-dollar project.

The phased array antenna system for next-generation communications can be electronically steered to maintain links to overhead satellites for Internet connectivity.

“This modular, intelligent technology platform provides a cost-effective solution for a wide range of applications — from fixed to mobility satellite broadband services, and for the rapidly emerging millimeter-wave 5G cellular services,” said Safieddin (Ali) Safavi-Naeini, director of the Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS) at Waterloo.

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