CommScope launches new antenna options for 5G deployments
CommScope launches new 5G antenna solutions to accelerate spectrum delivery, including the newly auctioned C-band radio waves.
The company announced new C-band antennas that support three primary upgrade paths: a stand-alone passive or active C-band antenna paradigm; a passive multi-band antenna that supports low-band, medium-band and C-band in a single housing; and a modular antenna configuration that includes full-length mid-band, low-band arrays and a field replaceable module that supports C-band via a 64T64R active antenna unit (AAU) or an 8T8R passive antenna. CommScope found that the last two upgrade paths allow operators to replace an existing multiband antenna with one that extends C-band functionality – without changing the size of the antenna, causing structural changes to the location or an increase of leasing fees can be avoided.
The company also announced the introduction of a new family of CBRS antennas that support sub-6 GHz bands and have optimized pattern options. The twin-beam technology is intended to effectively double the capacity of the cell site and enable use in six sectors at a lower cost.
CommScome also announced its new 360 ° Wind Load Reduction design that optimizes wind flow around, above and below the antenna, helping operators reduce the cost and negative impact of wind load while getting maximum RF performance. The 360 ° wind load reduction design will be implemented across CommScope’s entire global antenna range, the company said.
The company has also launched its new customizable 700 MHz combiners targeting regions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. These low-band RF combiners allow operators to 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, CommScope said.
“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.”
“Operators will continue to accelerate their adoption of 5G networks in 2021 as governments around the world free up additional spectrum to accommodate more mobile users and data,” said Farid Firouzbakht, CommScope senior vice president of outdoor wireless networks. “Our new antenna solutions make it easier, faster and cheaper for mobile network operators to set up their 5G networks across the entire spectrum