NATE UNITE is the premier event of the year for the tower erection, service and maintenance industry to come see the latest and greatest products. At the show, you will find CommScope’s latest structural solutions for cell sites including a new solution that will reduce cable installation times and make ordering attachment accessories much easier. See this blog post by Dale Heath for more information.
As part of its 40th anniversary observance, the CommScope team set out to identify the top 40 innovations that have come from CommScope (or one of its acquired companies) over the past 40 years. Today’s blog post discusses the SiteRise system, CommScope’s unique cell tower solution that integrates all the major tower top components into one factory-assembled, factory-tested unit. This top 20 CommScope innovation helped Ooredoo achieve 50 percent savings in deployment time, 50 percent better performance, and 50 percent energy savings.
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.
Wireless operators face a lot of pressure to minimize the costs of microwave network rollout. Some choose to do this through the use of cheap antennas; however, this can actually cost more in the long-run when the total cost of ownership (TCO) is considered. In today’s blog post, Donald Gardner explains some of the factors that drive cost in a microwave antenna.
Low-quality cable accessories and structural elements can threaten the performance and reliability of wireless networks. They might be less expensive but can also be less reliable over time. Substandard products ultimately perform poorly in the field and can lead to network performance problems in ways that aren’t initially obvious. Jeff Epstein explains more and provides examples in today’s blog post.
Data intensive applications such as video conferencing, streaming and rich media via mobile devices are putting pressure on wireless operators’ networks in Australia. There are many improvements in the RF path that can provide them with the better performance, higher reliability and lower total cost of ownership that they need to meet rising expectations on network performance. Reece Baines highlights a few of these network infrastructure solutions in today’s blog post.
Many factors in the wireless infrastructure industry make equipment platforms popular for supporting the radio equipment at the bottom of the tower. Steel equipment platforms offer many advantages over concrete. The biggest is speed of deployment. Read today’s blog post by Dale Heath for more information.
After a long weekend in the U.S., many people are thinking about the problem of putting on too much weight. Did you know that wireless towers can pack on too many pounds, as well? In today’s blog post, Philip Sorrells outlines the four reasons why weight and wind load are important to consider for wireless towers. You can learn more by accessing the new white paper, “Technical Keys to Successful Network Modernization: Weight and Wind Load.”
Cross-polar discrimination, or XPD, is an important characteristic to understand when comparing microwave antennas. XPD can degrade network performance, meaning slower speeds, wasted spectrum and unhappy customers. Jim Syme explains the concept in today’s blog post, the latest in the “Back to Basics in Microwave Systems” series.
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.