MWC14 Day One: The Future of In-building Wireless

Morgan Kurk--thumbnail Morgan Kurk February 24, 2014

ION-E enterprise wireless--compressedIt’s day one of Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, the world’s largest wireless industry trade show, which is always an exciting time. It’s an especially exciting day for me and for CommScope since we just announced the world’s first truly unified wireless infrastructure, the ION-E. The ION-E is the culmination of a four year development effort to create an in-building wireless (IBW) solution that is so easy to deploy, so intuitive to use, and so flexible to maintain, that it defies the IBW categorizations that we currently know.

What exactly is the “world’s first truly unified wireless infrastructure?” What I mean by that term is that the ION-E creates a whole new solution category—one that unifies licensed wireless, power and Gigabit Ethernet onto a single physical infrastructure. This solution addresses the needs of building owners, occupants and wireless operators in a collaborative and cohesive way. It makes scaling to different building sizes trivial. The ION-E is technology agnostic and frequency adaptive. Its flexibility protects it from obsolescence. It offers multi-band, multi-operator and multi-technology capabilities, and can re-route capacity in software with a mouse click, while utilizing the structured cabling infrastructure common to most commercial buildings.

Curious to learn more? If you are here with me at Mobile World Congress, come to the CommScope stand 2i46 in Hall 2 to speak to one of our RF experts and see a demo. If you’re at your desk or elsewhere, check out today’s press release or watch my video interview about the ION-E. We are on the cusp of covering the wireless world—from the inside-out—and the ION-E is one giant leap forward.

I’ve been looking forward to this launch for a long time, having spent years with the developers of the ION-E at CommScope. I’m excited to see how the simplicity and flexibility of the ION-E lowers the barriers to indoor deployments. Following Mobile World Congress, the ION-E will be available for operator trials only in Europe with expectations of a global release in the second half of 2014.

In-building wireless just got unified. Join us now and be a pION-Eer to the future of IBW.

About the Author

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Morgan Kurk

Morgan Kurk is executive vice president and chief technology officer for CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. Mr. Kurk was promoted to this position upon the close of the ARRIS acquisition in 2019. He previously served as CommScope’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Mr. Kurk has nearly 25 years of experience in the information and communication technology industries. He joined CommScope as senior vice president of the Enterprise business unit, then served as senior vice president and segment leader for the Mobility business, then as CommScope’s CTO, with overall responsibility for the company’s long-term vision and strategic direction, before finally assuming the role of COO.

He previously was an executive at Allen Telecom, which later became part of Andrew Corporation, and ultimately CommScope. At Allen Telecom and Andrew Corporation, Mr. Kurk held a variety of positions including director of business development in the United States and China; vice president of R&D, PLM, and strategy; and vice president and general manager of the Wireless Innovations Group worldwide.

Mr. Kurk holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brown University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and an expert in system integration.