CommScope announced new antenna solutions to help telecom operators build their 5G networks.
C-band antennas support three primary upgrade paths: a stand-alone passive or active C-band antenna paradigm; a passive multiband antenna that supports low-band, mid-band and C-band in a single package; and a modular antenna configuration that includes mid-band, low-band full-length arrays, and a field replaceable module that supports C-band via a 64T64R active antenna unit (AAU) or a 8T8R passive antenna.
CBRS antennas support sub-6 GHz bands and offer optimized pattern options. The double beam technology effectively doubles the capacity of the cell site and enables use in six sectors at a lower cost.
The 360 ° wind load reduction design optimizes wind flow around, above, and below the antenna, helping the operator reduce the cost and negative impact of wind load while getting maximum RF performance. The 360 ° wind load reduction design is implemented across CommScope’s entire global antenna range.
With customizable 700 MHz combiners targeting regions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, mobile operators can support new bands without adding more base station antennas and adding tower weight. The mechanical dimensions and electrical performance of the customizable 700 MHz combiners can be precisely calibrated to meet specific RF requirements.
“The industry is facing a major challenge in deploying C-bands because of the huge size of multiband antennas covering existing LTE bands and new 5G bands,” said Joe Madden, founder and chief analyst of Mobile Experts. “Operators are looking for solutions that will reduce the size of a multiband antenna for C-band site upgrades.”
“Modular antennas for 5G in the C-band are undoubtedly a way for operators to deploy 5G faster, especially if they enable new frequencies and can also support older technologies,” said Johanna Alvarado, senior analyst at ABI Research. “The new CommScope modular antenna will help operators reduce clutter at the cell site and simplify the planning of application processes that are arguably major challenges in deploying nationwide 5G networks.”
Farid Firouzbakht, senior vice president of Outdoor Wireless Networks at CommScope, said the company’s new antenna solutions make it easier, faster and cheaper for cellular operators to deploy full spectrum 5G networks.