Advanced RF Technologies (ADRF) celebrated 20 years of serving the wireless industry. The company marked the event with a dinner for clients and partners at Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles.
Founded in 1999 in Burbank, California, by CEO Yong Song, ADRF is an original equipment manufacturer of in-building wireless solutions for enterprises, systems integrators, public-safety entities, neutral-host operators and wireless service providers. The company is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).
“Since we began in 1999, we have experienced wireless communications evolve from the early uses of the first-generation cellular to what we know today,” the company said in a blog celebrating its anniversary earlier this year. “We are a company that provides connections, but those connections have taken on an increasingly important meaning to the world’s economic and social growth.”
ADRF has deployed more than 100,000 network elements throughout the United States and Canada since its inception.
“Companies and citizens have transitioned from treating wireless connectivity as an afterthought to a necessity, understanding it is a conduit for just about everything we value in the modern era,” ADRF said. “This evolution was not possible without proper in-building infrastructure.”
The company said 80 percent of wireless connections now take place inside buildings, and people are using their wireless devices to surf the web, send texts, play games and more. The company has provided connectivity for a range of venues, from music festivals to sports stadiums to mixed-use developments.
ADRF has adapted over the past 20 years to meet its customers’ evolving needs in several vertical markets, including commercial real estate, health care, education, hospitality, public safety, sports and entertainment, and transportation. To meet the changing needs of the indoor wireless environment, the company provides Distributed Antenna Solution systems, repeater solutions, antenna solutions and components. ADRF’s products are becoming more flexible to help customers prepare for the future as the industry becomes more diverse.
ADRF recently supported a major real estate development in New York City. The Hudson Yards development in the Chelsea and Hudson Yards neighborhoods of Manhattan includes more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, restaurants, public open space, a school and a hotel. ADRF supplied its ADXV DAS to meet the commercial needs of the development as well as the ARCS system requirements to support public safety bands and all carrier networks. The company worked with systems integrators to deploy the system to multiple structures, including separate mixed-use towers as well as a ten-story, 1.2 million square foot retail center.
“We’ve come a long way in the past 20 years and we are excited about what the future of wireless will bring for us and all cellular users with the coming age of 5G,” the company said. “The wireless industry is the centerpiece for the wave of innovation we see across all industries and ADRF intends to continue making the connections necessary to meet these evolving needs.”