CommScope releases new antennas for C-band, CBRS, 700 MHz
HICKORY, NC? To accelerate the adoption of 5G, CommScope announced new antenna solutions that will make it easier and faster for cellular operators to build their networks. These include:
- C-band antennas? These 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. The last two upgrade paths allow operators to replace an existing multiband antenna with one that adds C-band functionality. without changing the size of the antenna, avoiding costly structural changes to the location or increasing leasing fees.
- CBRS antennas? The CommScope CBRS antenna family supports sub-6 GHz bands and offers 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.
- 360 ° wind load reduction design ?? Optimizes wind flow around, above and below the antenna, helping operators reduce the cost and negative effects of wind exposure while getting maximum RF performance. The 360 ° wind load reduction design is implemented across the CommScope global antenna range.
- 700 MHz customizable combiners? Targeted at 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.
“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 for 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, senior vice president of Outdoor Wireless Networks, CommScope. “Our new antenna solutions make it easier, faster and cheaper for mobile network operators to set up their 5G networks across the entire spectrum.”