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How the U.S. Wireless Industry Could Save $5 Million

Posted by Chris Stockman on May 4, 2017
A small piece of metal could save the U.S. wireless industry up to $5 million. The metal is CommScope’s new SnapStak Plus cable hanger. The serious cost-savings come from the total amount of time saved during installation. To see how easy they are to use, check out this video blog by Chris Stockman.

The Physical Layer at NATE UNITE

Posted by Dale Heath on February 14, 2017
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.

CommScope’s Top Innovations: The SiteRise Tower Top Solution

Posted by Mike Fabbri on December 2, 2016
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.

Our E-Band Story Includes 30,000 Antennas in the Field

Posted by Derren Oliver on August 9, 2016
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.

The Unexpected Cost of Low Cost Microwave Antennas

Posted by Donald Gardner on April 20, 2016
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.

Can You Afford to Use Substandard Network Products?

Posted by Jeff Epstein on December 14, 2015
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.

Modernizing Mobile Networks in Australia

Posted by Reece Baines on July 30, 2015
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.

A Steel Foundation for LTE

Posted by Dale Heath on June 30, 2015
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.

The Problems with Overweight Cell Towers

Posted by Philip Sorrells on September 2, 2014
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.”

Back to Basics in Microwave Systems: Cross-Polar Discrimination

Posted by Jim Syme on August 26, 2014
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.

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