If you have a question about CommScope’s new ION-U distributed antenna system (DAS), odds are it was asked during my recent webinar  Deliver DAS Capacity without DAS Complexity with Fierce Wireless (brief registration required for webinar replay).

I fielded more than 20 great questions from the many colleagues who were in attendance. I answered a few more questions offline, too. I could tell that there was real interest in trying to understand what benefitsION-U brings to the DAS industry, how it differs from CommScope’s existing ION-B and ION-M systems, and how easily the ION-U can really be deployed.

 Simplicity is what the ION-U is all about. Although DAS is a popular, well-proven solution for extending network coverage and capacity, the implementation of it can be complex. A lack of simplification often means longer time to market, prohibitively expensive engineering skill requirements and difficult optimization, testing and maintenance.

In the webinar I talk about all the intelligence CommScope has built into this new ION-U DAS and why we did so. Our goal was to strip out much of the complexity of implementing a DAS while reducing headend space requirements and overall equipment costs. For example, compared to CommScope’s ION-B, the ION-U will occupy about 50% less space while reducing skilled labor requirements by as much as 75% depending on the installation environment. The ION-U features integrated guidance and other resources that enable wireless network operators to design, plan, deploy and optimize a DAS more quickly and efficiently and at a lower total cost of ownership.

Check out the webinar to learn more. If you want to jump right to the Q&A portion, it begins at 34:15. If by some chance you still have any questions, leave me a comment and I will reply. You can also find more details by registering to download the new ION-U white paper.

About the Author

Patrick Lau

Patrick Lau is director of business development, Distributed Coverage & Capacity Solutions, in the North America region for CommScope. In this position, Patrick is responsible for coordinating sales opportunities between engineering, project management and sales teams and qualifying new in-building opportunities with wireless operators and enterprise customers. Patrick has 18 years of experience in the RF telecommunications field. Prior to joining CommScope, Patrick worked in various engineering and business development roles for Allen Telecom, Allgon and Andrew Corporation. Patrick earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Akron (Ohio).

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