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 benefits ION-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.