Infographic: Putting Microwave Antennas on Trial in Hungary

Dipesh-Rattan-11-21-14--thumbnail Dipesh Rattan November 6, 2014
Microwave-Backhaul-infographicSome say a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of CommScope’s latest infographicPutting Microwave Antennas on Trial in Hungary,” a picture is worth more than 2,800 words. That’s the length of the white paper “Innovation in Backhaul Antenna Technology to Deliver Higher Capacity Through Spectral Efficiency,” which I co-authored with Joe Marzin of Comsearch. For those of you who don’t want to wade through the whole document, the infographic is much easier and faster to digest.

The latest infographic summarizes many of the key points of the paper, including results from a real-world case study that CommScope conducted in Hungary. It involved modelling what happens when European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Class 4 microwave antennas replace the existing Class 3 antennas in an existing network.

The study proved how the low side lobes of Class 4 antennas enable a significant reduction in interference, better reliability and effective spectrum management within this network. Lower interference results in improved link availability, or reduced link outages, allowing links to carry more traffic per year at the highest possible modulation scheme. More traffic would mean more revenue for wireless operators and better quality of service for subscribers.

The infographic also gives you numbers you need to know. For instance, in this trial in Hungary, we estimated that Class 4 antennas could result in approximately $750,000 (€576,000) of additional annual income for the operator. That’s a lot of money, especially when multiplied over a number of years.

Please let me know what you think of the infographic and if you have any questions by leaving a comment below.

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About the Author


Dipesh Rattan

Dipesh Rattan manages the Microwave Systems product line at CommScope for the Americas region. He is a microwave antenna systems expert focused on increasing backhaul link and network design capacity per unit of geographic area. Dipesh also advises industry leaders on total site solutions for radio access network (RAN) and backhaul infrastructure.

Dipesh has many years of industry experience, having worked in product development and the technical marketing of total RF path solutions to operators in Latin America, North America, Australia, Asia and India. Prior to CommScope, he held senior positions with Vodafone, Lucent Technologies and Idea Cellular. Dipesh holds a bachelor's of engineering degree in electronics and telecommunications along with master's degree in business management. He is based in Richardson, Texas.