Communication’s Society – A Technical Description of Starry’s Millimeter Wave based Broadband Service

March 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Verizon Technology Center
60 Sylvan Rd
Waltham, MA 02451

Communications Society

This meeting is preceded by dinner with our guest speaker at Bertucci’s, 475 Winter St, Waltham, MA at 5:30 PM.

Boston-based startup Starry has been operating a commercial millimeter wave-based broadband access network in the Boston metro area using a set of advanced technologies equivalent or similar to certain aspects of the proposed 3GPP 5G standards since early 2017. Starry operates a wide area broadband service using 37.0 ~ 38.6 GHz as granted under a market test authority license by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to test the commercial capability of millimeter wave frequencies. To prove out the technology’s capability, Starry has extended base technologies of the IEEE’s 802.11ac and 802.11ax such as MU-MIMO and Hybrid Digital Beamforming available in 802.11ac and 802.11ax and built sophisticated front ends using active phased array antenna systems to provide resilient broadband service wirelessly to the home, at gigabit-capable speeds. Starry also uses other leading edge technologies including the ITU-T’s Starry will share its technical and operational experience in building and operating this technology.

Speaker: Joe Lipowski, CTO, Starry

Joe Lipowski is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Starry, since its inception in late 2014. Prior to Starry, Joe was the CTO for Aereo, where he led the technology development for Aereo’s cloud-based antenna/DVR platform to deliver internet television over IP, pioneering the use of a high density small antenna farm. Prior to Aereo, Joe held senior executive technical leadership positions in the wireless communications field including at LoJack, Andrew Corporation, and Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies, Cirrus Logic, Pacific Communication Sciences and M/A-COM Inc. Joe holds 17 patents in wireless technologies.

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Venue Note. This is our venue at the new Verizon Technology Center Campus in Waltham.

The meeting begins at 7 PM at the new meeting auditorium at the Verizon Technology Center. The address is 60 Sylvan Road, Waltham, MA 02451. The entrance is by the far corner – with the picnic tables out front – and not the tower or the new building. It is most easily reached by the West Street entrance.

Important Note: Verizon Technology Center requests the names of the meeting attendees in advance of the meeting. If you plan to attend, please send a note via e-mail with your name to John Nitzke at by Wednesday, February 28th.

The meeting is preceded by dinner at Bertucci’s, 475 Winter St, Waltham at 5:30 PM. The speaker will be joining us at dinner.

Directions to Bertucci’s restaurant in Waltham: Take Exit 27B on I95/128, heading west on Winter Street. After exiting, stay all the way to the right and take the first right turn into the shopping plaza. Please let Bob Malupin know if you plan to attend the dinner at Bertucci’s. Bob can be contacted at .

Directions to Verizon Technology Center (old Verizon Labs location), 60 Sylvan Rd. campus, Waltham, MA 02451: Take Exit 27B on I95/128, heading west on Winter Street. Stay all the way to the right. Verizon Technology Center is 1/2 mile ahead. At the second traffic light, turn left onto WEST ST. and then take the first right (at the Verizon sign) which leads into the Verizon campus. Take the first left. The building and entrance for the meeting are on your right. Note that the entrance to the auditorium area is by the far corner – with the picnic tables out front – and not the tower or the new building.