About the Author
Derren Oliver holds dual roles as director of OEM sales and product line management, Microwave Systems. He is responsible for business development, technology road mapping, and management of sales of microwave antenna products. Derren has 16 years of experience in the telecoms industry, beginning in test and measurement for both wireless and wireline networking products at Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and Ixia before joining CommScope in 2010. He holds a bachelor degree with first class honors in electrical and electronic engineering from the United Kingdom’s Heriot-Watt University and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.
E-Band is a hot topic in the wireless backhaul industry. With ever-expanding LTE coverage needs and 5G standards in discussion, network operators need E-Band solutions as their existing backhaul networks are pushed to their limits. CommScope is introducing a premium E-Band ValuLine microwave antenna, which adds to the company’s existing E-Band antenna portfolio. See today’s blog post by Derren Oliver for more information.
Did you know that most countries have regulations to protect you from purchasing substandard telecommunications equipment that doesn’t meet the specifications under which it is sold? In Europe there are three principle regulations and standards for microwave antennas that you should be aware of. Derren Oliver summarizes them in today’s blog post to help protect you from sub-standard products.
Derren Oliver explains two important measures of the performance of a microwave antenna system in today’s blog post—Return Loss and Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR). This detailed information comes from an online course that is available through the CommScope Infrastructure Academy.
The lessons continue from the “Back to Basics in Microwave Systems” blog series. Derren Oliver explains front-to-back ratio and antenna beamwidth in this latest post. More information about this and other microwave antenna system topics is available in the Microwave Radio Antenna Link Fundamentals online course, which is available through the CommScope Infrastructure Academy.
Derren Oliver previews course content about microwave antenna polarization from the online Microwave Radio Antenna Link Fundamentals course. Part of the CommScope Infrastructure Academy, the full online course can be completed for a certification that is valid for three years.
Do you want to boost capacity by re-using available microwave backhaul channels without buying bigger antennas? Derren Oliver explains how better interference discrimination from low side lobe antennas accomplish this goal.
There are several ways to reduce the risks associated with deploying multi-sourced components. CommScope recommends that the integrated antenna-OMT system is qualified as a single entity, so that key performance indicators can be tested and confirmed.
One of the key technologies that enabled capacity increases in microwave backhaul links was the introduction of dual polarized antennas. Dual polarized antennas work thanks to a device called an ortho mode transducer (OMT). A dual polarized antenna should include the OMT—it should not be seen as a separate component. That is not always the prevailing view in the industry,