Ooredoo and CommScope Launch New Approach To Building Wireless Networks

Factory-Assembled Tower Tops Support Enhanced Capacity for Future Upgrades: Vital as Ooredoo Rolls out Networks around the World

Category: Wireless
April 10, 2013
DOHA, Qatar

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 challenging process.

Now Ooredoo 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.

About Ooredoo

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.

About CommScope

CommScope (www.commscope.com) has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions includes critical infrastructure our customers need to build high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create, innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at work, and on the go.

 

Contact:

News Media Contact
Claire Mattei, Ooredoo
+974 4440 4105 or cmattei@ooredoo.com
or
Rick Aspan, CommScope
+1 708-236-6568 or publicrelations@commscope.com