In a major technology development for the mobile industry, Ooredoo has
collaborated with CommScope
to develop a new approach to building wireless networks, which will
improve installation quality and on-going network performance and reduce
deployment times, in an alliance that could have major benefits for
operators around the world.
The two companies have developed what is believed to be the world’s
first factory-assembled tower tops for base station remote radios, which
are pre-assembled according to a single global design standard. The aim
of the tower top development is to create and maintain a future-ready
network that is radio vendor agnostic, and does not require significant
on-site remote radio modifications for future upgrades.
It has become increasingly complex, time-consuming and expensive for
operators to maintain existing cellular sites. Typically, the
infrastructure had to be assembled on-site at the top of the tower, and
the lack of a single tower top design standard has made each upgrade a
and CommScope’s new tower top solution helps ensure that building cell
sites is done right the first time. The pre-assembled tower tops provide
greater network capacity, significantly reduces installation time and
on-going electricity consumption, and frees-up valuable space at the top
of the tower.
Paul Salmon, Group Chief Technology Officer, Ooredoo, said: "Ooredoo is
embarking on a radical plan to upgrade network sites as part of our
mission to stimulate human growth. Working with CommScope to develop a
new tower top solution that is assembled in a factory will enable us to
deliver a distinctly different approach to building and operating a
wireless network. We believe this is a first for our industry, and it is
a source of considerable pride that it was designed and developed within
the region to serve our customers.”
The innovative compact design of the tower top solution enables enhanced
network performance while reducing maintenance and labour expenses. By
pre-assembling and pre-testing the tower tops in a quality controlled
environment, there is less scope for problems in the construction phase,
and the standardised design ensures identical tower top construction
across all sites in all markets, making future upgrades simplified for
the global Group.
These new tower top solutions provide improved signal transmission over
traditional cell sites, enabling Ooredoo to enhance the customer
experience with better coverage and faster broadband data speeds.
Pre-assembly of the tower tops reduces the installation time by
approximately 50 percent, leading to safer working conditions for
installation staff and reduced network downtime for customers. In
addition, by installing the radio equipment on tower tops instead of the
typical large air-conditioned shelters, Ooredoo expects to halve
electricity costs in a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly solution.
The tower top solution will become Ooredoo’s standard cell site design
across its markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, in line
with the company’s innovative network modernization strategy of
upgrading or replacing 15,000 of its base stations over the coming years
to deliver an ever-improving customer experience for mobile broadband.
As Ooredoo’s customers across its global footprint increasingly demand
data, the new tower top solution will provide simplicity in optimising
networks. Since the tower tops are vendor agnostic and support virtually
all current frequency bands and technologies, Ooredoo’s operating
companies will be able to seamlessly roll-out 3G and 4G LTE networks,
and the next generation of communications technology.
The clever, standardized cell site design will be especially helpful for
Ooredoo customers living in remote areas and rural communities, since
upgrades and repairs will be executed faster and more efficiently.
CommScope, through its Andrew®
portfolio of wireless solutions, is providing extensive support,
including technical services, enhanced training, a world-class supply
chain and installation logistics and manufacturing and design expertise
for the elements of the cell site.
Ooredoo, formerly known as Qtel Group, is a leading international
communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and
corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and
businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and
South-East Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by
its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can
stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people
achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as
Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives and
Indonesia. The company reported revenues of $9.3 billion U.S. dollars in
2012 and had a consolidated global customer base of more than 92.9
million people as of 31 December 2012. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on
the Qatar Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.
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