SkyFidelity Introduces Mini Cell Tower Technology

October 25 12:30 2017 Print This Article

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Oct. 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SkyFidelity, Inc/Tricascade, Inc (OTC Pink:SRMX)

In an effort to improve the delivery of both 4G/5G broadband and CAT-M LTE technologies to consumers, TriCascade, Inc is in development to deliver a first of its kind “mini cell tower” called the SkiQ Tower. The SKiQ Tower will be the first device in the marketplace to provide an amplification of cellular based technologies in the 4G/5G and CAT-M LTE markets.

In a world where the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) rests entirely upon reliable cell based frequency delivery, the SKiQ Tower will be the only device in the marketplace developed specifically to enhance the signal strength of the major telecom carriers in the 4G/5G and CAT-M LTE markets. TriCascade contends that without proper amplification of cell signal frequencies, the future of IoT Smart Homes will be compromised.

The SKiQ Tower will operate using both the new CAT-M LTE as well as 5G broadband technology currently under development and ready to be deployed by all major telecom carriers in 2018. 

The SKiQ Tower along with the SKiQ Super Router form the basis for the IoT Smart Home Hub currently being developed by TriCascade. With the addition of the Mini Cell Tower technology TriCascade will be the only technology company in the marketplace to deliver both a CAT-M LTE and 4G/5G broadband internet connection to consumers amplified by its proprietary Mini Cell Tower devices.

TriCascade intends to demonstrate the SKiQ Super Router at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in January 2018.

About CAT-M LTE

Verizon announced plans to deploy LTE Category M1 by the end of the year, claiming it will become the first U.S. operator to launch the new technology.

Cat M1 is an IoT-centric flavor of LTE that uses 1.4 MHz of spectrum to deliver 300 kbps to 400 kbps. It appears to resemble a 2G GPRS connection but supports a device battery life of 10 years or longer, and it is designed to connect sensor applications and devices requiring lower throughput.

“Up until now, the cost to connect devices to a wide-area network has been a barrier to widespread IoT,” Rosemary McNally, vice president of mobile devices and operating systems technology at Verizon, said in a press release. “By evolving our device ecosystem to include Cat M1, we’re aligning Verizon’s 4G LTE network to the needs of future IoT deployments. We are also taking direct aim at emerging low power wireless access (LPWA) solutions, which have entered the U.S. market, but do not offer the same level of scale, coverage and security as LTE.”

Verizon touted Cat M1 as “a game-changer for the industry,” saying supporting chipsets will lower the costs of developing and deploying IoT devices on a large scale. And that would enable carriers to better compete with providers of services using technologies such as Bluetooth, ZigBee and Z-Wave.

The developing LTE technologies will increasingly enable carriers to compete in the IoT not just against each other but also against vendors of networks dedicated for IoT use cases. ABI Research predicted earlier this year that LTE M2M cellular modules will grow to more than 50 percent of total module shipments by 2021, with much of that growth being driven by businesses and consumers in North America.

The four major national wireless carriers in the United States are focusing on 4G LTE (long-term evolution) Category-M (Cat-M) and narrowband Internet-of-Things (NB-IoT) as their future network deployment. These are doing so in order to gain maximum benefit from the lucrative IoT market, per a recent report by LightReading.

Major U.S. Wireless Carriers

All four major U.S. national wireless carriers are trying hard to gain maximum profit from the IoT space. Verizon Communications Inc. VZ has already deployed LTE Cat M and plans to go ahead with NB-IoT LTE trials in 2018. AT&T Inc. T has also deployed Cat M technology nationwide and decided to deploy this network in Mexico in 2018. T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS will start deploying NB-IoT in 2018 together with Cat-M support. Meanwhile, Sprint Corp. S has announced that it will deploy Cat-M in mid-2018 followed by NB-IoT.

Moreover, in March 2017, satellite TV operator DISH Network Corp. DISH had announced plans of building a NB-IoT network to meet the FCC’s (Federal Communications Commission) buildout requirements. Notably, in the last decade, the company has developed an extremely strong portfolio of lucrative wireless spectrums which are still unutilized. The company spent nearly $21 billion to build this spectrum portfolio, which, according to some estimates, is currently valued at no less than $45 billion.

About Tri Cascade, Inc.

Founded in May 2010, Tri Cascade, Inc. is committed to developing innovative Internet of Things convergent technologies and products to reduce energy costs and empower the end user for smarter and safer living. Leveraging its extensive experience in energy management, wireless networking, and home and B2B automation and device control systems, Tri Cascade focuses on bringing leading edge Wi-Fi and machine-to-machine wireless innovations for smart energy management to both residential and commercial markets. Tri Cascade aims to use the Internet of Things to make cities dynamic and responsive to energy demands and sudden energy spikes. Tri Cascade’s first product release is the i-BRIGHT™7x Smart Surge Protector, a Wi-Fi-enabled home energy management tool embedded with online scheduling and power consumption metering on the Microsoft® Cloud. For more information, visit www.tricascade.com.

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