CommScope supplies first active antennas for LTE trial
CommScope has supplied the first active antennas in use in an LTE network field trial, a major step toward the promise of better, more cost effective ways to transmit broadband signals to mobile customers using next generation networks. CommScope’s new active antennas are installed as part of a multi-site LTE trial being conducted by a prominent North American wireless network operator. Active antennas are considered the next stage in the evolution of cellular site architecture, in which the radio is integrated into the antenna and the radio functionality is distributed across the antenna elements. This digital architecture reduces the need for certain cell site equipment, which can reduce energy consumption, site maintenance and leasing costs. The CommScope antennas, featuring breakthrough antenna-embedded radio technology developed with technology partner Ubidyne, are designed to enable mobile operators to deliver optimal wireless coverage and quality of service to subscribers while reducing capital expense and operating expense. The antennas feature Ubidyne’s modular digital circuits that attach directly to individual antenna radiators, with unique electronic beam-forming features that increase network capacity. Previous testing in operator networks shows that active antennas deliver the highest level of integration possible and can offer significant savings in total cost of ownership, in addition to enhancing service performance. CommScope also offers a dynamic fiber optic transmission line solution for active antenna site architectures. Remote Fiber Feeder cable combines power conductors and fiber into a single high performance cable that delivers efficiency, capacity and savings for next generation networks. It is offered in single-mode or multi-mode configuration, with two to six fibers per component, offering built-in redundancy.