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Thanks to everyone who has asked questions, offered suggestions, and provided encouragement! Collected here are summaries of the questions we’ve been getting, and details of a new mini PCIe expansion module for Ukama Tower Node.
Ukama Tower Node’s functionality can be extended by the addition of a "mask" board, for which Ukama Tower Node’s enclosure has a dedicate internal slot and two dedicated SMA ports (labeled Ant-1 and Ant-2). Ukama Mini PCIe Expansion Module is a mask board with two Mini PCIe slots that expose two PCIe lanes from Ukama Tower Node’s general-purpose processing (GPP) module. The Mini PCIe slots can be used to host compatible off-the-shelf or custom PCIe modules, such as Wi-Fi APs, LoraWAN gateways, cellular modules, gigabit Ethernet cards, and ADCs. Contact Crowd Supply Support if you’d like to add a Mini PCIe expansion module to your order.
Below are summaries of questions and answers we’ve so far received. Feel free to ask your own question!
Currently, the band between 3.4GHz-3.8GHz is available for general use.
Yes, we plan to implement device proxy and interop with Google CBRS SAS. The implementation will be open-source and you are also welcome to implement and use any other SAS provider.
Yes. And you can even define your own data plans for your customers. For this you need to get the “Ukama empowerment package”
Ukama Tower Node can handle all LTE bands and Ukama Amplifier Unit supports B1, B2, B3, B4, B30, 38 B40, B41, B48, and B49. We can support other bands if there is demand for them. Ukama Home Node currently only supports B48 (CBRS).
Coverage depends on various factors: frequency, terrain, UEs, etc. Ukama Tower Node with Amplifier Unit can go up to 1 km when using the omni-directional antenna with smart phones. Using directional antennas with stationary wireless devices will definitely increase the range.
You will have access to Ukama web application where you can add more money, see your data usage, and perform various operations on your account.
Currently no, however, all the data-only applications such as Whatsapp, Skype, Signal, etc. will work as is.
Yes. We are planning for FCC and CE certification.