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PowerShift® is the intelligent, plug-and-play DC power supply
Are you ready for a PowerShift?

"PowerShift is a truly unique and novel implementation of power-supply technology."

Judge, Fierce Innovation Award 2016

Not only are today’s high-performance, higher-wattage remote radio units (RRUs) consuming more power, operators are installing more of them to better support skyrocketing data traffic. These RRUs demand thicker, more expensive copper cables.

Avoid the LTE power squeeze
The wireless experts at CommScope and power experts at GE have partnered to create PowerShift™, the industry’s first intelligent, plug-and-play DC power supply. PowerShift is designed to optimize electrical draw by adjusting voltage dynamically to match your exact RRU power requirements, eliminating the need for a tower top converter. PowerShift also increases the amount of time your battery backup runs, allowing your RRUs to stay active up to 30% longer in case of a power outage.

Whether you’re adding or replacing RRUs, building new macro sites or deploying small cells, PowerShift tilts the power in your favor by helping you:

  • Optimize energy usage costs
  • Simplify installations and save CapEx or OpEx
  • Increase RRU uptime on battery backup
  • Expand cable lengths and standardize cable sizes

Shift the balance of power
Since PowerShift was designed in partnership with GE and is a vital part of our portfolio, you take confidence that you benefit from some of the world’s finest wireless infrastructure and power expertise. Shift the balance of power: choose PowerShift.

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White Paper: A planning guide to optimizing networks for capacity with practical field examples

This paper aims to explain how to select and utilize your sites’ RF components to optimize cellular networks capacities using real-life product examples.
Publish Date: June 14, 2017
Region: Global

Brochure: Take back the power with PowerShift

Introducing PowerShift innovation from CommScope, the industry's first intelligent, plug-and-play DC power supply.
Publish Date: March 7, 2017
Region: Global

White Paper: Reducing dissipation-induced dc power losses at macro cell sites

As the power demand of remote radio units (RRUs) has risen in the era of LTE—and will continue to significantly increase with the arrival of 5G—it becomes more important to find ways to improve power efficiency and minimize power dissipation in wireless cell sites.
Publish Date: February 16, 2017
Region: Global

Technical Keys to Successful Network Modernization: Weight and Wind Load

Find answers to: How does weight and wind load factors impact the modernization of your network? Will your antenna, connections, structural support and tower design choices impact your bottom line?  
Publish Date: October 15, 2015
Region: Global

HELIAX® FiberFeed® Direct Brochure

FTTA Turnkey Solutions simplify remote radio unit connectivity, making network modernization efforts more efficient and productive. 
Publish Date: February 28, 2014
Region: Global

Ground Base vs. Remote Radio Head (RRH) System Return Loss Comparisons

Operators are finding inconsistent test results for return loss as they deploy remote radio units (RRUs) at the top of the tower. Rob Cameron, CommScope Applications Engineer, explains why in his white paper, Return Loss Comparisons: Ground Based System vs. Short Remote Radio Head Jumper.
Publish Date: January 1, 2014
Region: Global

Feb 7, 2017

Top Promising Innovations – PowerShift

In 2015, CommScope announced a new solution called PowerShift that more efficiently transmits DC power to radio units. CommScope designed PowerShift for modern cell site architectures where radio units are separated from the baseband units. PowerShift is named as one of CommScope’s most promising technologies in this blog post.
Jun 21, 2016

Empowering Energy Efficiency in Service Provider Networks

No one understands the impact of steep energy costs on budgets like mobile service providers. It’s estimated that they account for $15 billion in annual energy expenditures, or about one percent of all energy consumed worldwide. Energy efficiency can be best exercised as a carefully considered strategy using multiple new solutions and advanced innovations, according to a new report published by IDC in conjunction with CommScope. See today’s blog post by Barbara Ghini for more information and to download the report.
Oct 22, 2015

A PowerShift in the Wireless Industry

CommScope just announced a new power solution for wireless cell sites called PowerShift. One of the more unique advantages of PowerShift relates to how it can extend the uptime of RF battery back-up systems. CommScope estimates that PowerShift can lengthen RF battery uptime by up to 35 percent. John Chamberlain explains more about this feature in today’s blog post.
Oct 8, 2015

The Voltage Drop Challenge

Voltage drop is a key consideration for radio planners and plays a central role in the challenge of supplying power efficiently to remote radio units (RRUs) at cell sites. Voltage drop is the amount of electric voltage that is lost as a result of current moving through the circuit. In today’s blog post, John Chamberlain explains more about the term and how the wireless industry is waiting for a solution that delivers the right amount of power to RRUs in an efficient manner.

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