Optus makes use of Nokia’s antenna answer developed with CommScope

Optus has worked with Nokia to deploy Australia’s first Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA) in Yeerongpilly, Brisbane.

The IPAA solution eases location-based challenges and accelerates the rollout of 5G services across the country.

Cellular operators like Optus are faced with the challenge of finding space on towers and roofs for new massive active MIMO antenna equipment. Delays in obtaining site upgrade approval; Strengthening the supporting structures and increasing rent payments to landlords are some of the issues.

Nokia’s IPAA solution was developed in collaboration with CommScope. It enables Optus and other operators to upgrade existing sites to 5G by replacing their existing antennas with a similarly sized unit that supports all legacy technologies as well as massive 5G MIMO active antennas, all in a single compact solution.

Lambo Kanagaratnam, Managing Director of Networks at Optus, said, “The introduction of the IPAA into our network infrastructure will help us accelerate the deployment of our 5G network by addressing spatial and structural capacity constraints.”

Rob Joyce, Nokia’s Chief Technology Officer, Australia and New Zealand, said, “The IPAA is an advanced technical solution to solving the problems of finding space on towers and rooftops for 5G upgrades.”

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