Providing reliable wireless coverage inside large buildings can be
challenging, but doing so in structures moving at 350 kilometers per
hour is downright daunting. That is why Telecom Italia called on Andrew
Solutions, the CommScope, Inc. division that is a global leader in
wireless communication systems and products, to provide its equipment,
commissioning services, and expertise in support of 2G and 3G wireless
networks on Trenitalia Frecciarossa high speed trains in Italy.
As part of the new coverage and capacity project led by Telecom Italia,
Andrew’s in-train solution is extending reliable wireless signals to
passengers and staff on all 60 Frecciarossa trains.
High speed trains’ metalized windows can dramatically reduce signal
penetration into the carriages, resulting in spotty coverage and an
increase of dropped calls. The pure speed of high speed trains
complicates the hand off of wireless signals between base stations. And
the complexities of different terrain and rapidly changing outdoor
signal levels of the various networks involved increase the complexity.
Andrew’s wireless coverage solution is helping produce elongated cells
that reduce the number of handovers required while boosting signal
strength within the handover region. The Frecciarossa high speed train
line is the fastest in Trenitalia’s fleet, with speeds reaching between
300-350 kilometers per hour. Installation of the new system on the
Trenitalia Frecciarossa high speed trains was completed in December.
“Though Andrew has an extensive history of supplying wireless coverage
and capacity solutions for metropolitan railways worldwide, this is our
largest in-train coverage project ever in Italy,” said Samuel
Buttarelli, director of regional sales, Southern Europe, Andrew
Solutions. “We are proud to work closely with Telecom Italia in
furnishing this solution.”
Andrew supplied about 600 Node AM dual band digital repeaters and
kilometers of RADIAX® radiating cable with connectors and accessories,
in addition to helping design and commission the wireless coverage
system. An Andrew Node AM repeater, pickup antenna for GSM 900 MHz/UMTS
2100 MHz/GPS frequency bands, and meters of RADIAX are installed in each
Frecciarossa train carriage.
CommScope’s Andrew Solutions is a world leader in providing coverage and
capacity system solutions, including ION™
distributed antennas systems, Node
series repeaters, HELIAX® coaxial cable, RADIAX® leaky
cables, CellMax® indoor antennas and other passive components.
Andrew has nearly 30 years of experience in providing, installing and
managing complex radio signal distribution systems for railway tracks,
large-scale buildings, radio operators and telephone operators around
the world. Major projects have included the ICE high speed train line in
Germany; metro rails in Beijing, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Montreal; major
venues such as the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and World Cup 2010 stadiums,
and numerous international airports.
RADIAX, HELIAX and Cell-Max ares registered trademarks and ION is a
trademark of CommScope, Inc.
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