5Qs on 5G: With Siklu

Siklu's Yigal Leiba

Siklu claims that its invention of the all-silicon radio started a millimetre-wave revolution, resulting in the birth of a market for smaller devices at lower prices.

Based in Tel Aviv, the company is now searching for a similar success in the development of 5G technology. Co-founder and CTO, Yigal Leiba, outlines Siklu’s ambitions moving into the future.

What is your purpose in terms of 5G? 

Siklu views 5G as a tremendous opportunity. Being the leading provider of mm-wave equipment,
and having on board a talent base with rich background in 3GPP, IEEE 802.16 and IEEE 802.11 standards we are going to have meaningful contribution in the access and backhaul parts of the upcoming 5G technology.

“Our focus areas are high capacity mm-wave radio systems … and Point-to-Multi-Point … and advanced  technology for combined radio front-end with Smart antennas”

We intend to leverage our experience in mm-wave frequencies  (60-90GHz), and our lowest cost, smallest form factor products as an entry point to this new era. Our focus areas are high capacity mm-wave radio systems (Point-to-Point (PtP) and Point-to-Multi-Point (PtMP)), and advanced  technology for combined radio front-end with Smart antennas (Multi-beam, beamforming etc.).

Siklu is currently collaborating with an array of European and Japanese partners  in H2020 project RAPID. The consortium consists of universities and research institutes, network equipment vendors, telecomm operators and  network experts. Siklu is also advancing collaboration with other academic and industry players.

What are your targets in terms of output and results? 

Our targets are to provide leading solutions:

1. Enabling cellular network densification by providing mm-wave PtP and PtMP connectivity in the 60-90GHz frequency range, with throughput ranging from 1Gbps to 10Gbps

2. Providing smart building blocks for 5G access, based on our mm-wave active scanning RF+antenna modules

What are the biggest challenges for yourselves and the industry? 

The biggest challenge we see in 5G technology is in developing the above solutions, with the right performance needed for 5G, yet enabling disruptive price point and readiness for mass production and easy deployment.

The biggest challenge for the industry would be to agree on a worldwide standard, frequency bands for this technology to work, and then to develop the products with interoperability and integration with the existing (3G, 4G) standards and networks. Spectrum efficiency utilisation will be one challenge, and then power efficiency and battery technologies will be another main challenge.

What do you see as the main use cases for 5G?

Mobile internet, Internet of Things, personal video and other mobile sensors (wearables..) will be main drivers for 5G use cases, with applications that will be derived in the near and coming future. 5G technology will provide mobile users with seamless connectivity, regardless of the place or environment the user will be in.

When do you think 5G can become a reality? 

We believe the timeline to finalise the standard is around 2018, so we see productisation around 2020 and mass deployment around 2022. We intend to have our RF front-end and scanning antennas ready by 2017/18.

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