The Physical Layer at NATE UNITE

Dale Heath thumbnail Dale Heath February 14, 2017

NATE-road-show-compressedThere are seven layers to a communications networks according to the Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI model). The layers include everything from the physical cabling, networking equipment and computer devices to software programs, programming languages and graphic user-interfaces.

From my perspective, the NATE UNITE 2017 show in Fort Worth, Texas, from February 27–March 2, is all about layer one—the physical layer. This wireless industry show is the premier event of the year for the tower erection, service and maintenance industry to come see the latest and greatest products. CommScope has plenty of new innovations for the cell site, and we are bringing a whole trailer full of them to NATE UNITE.

And I literally mean a trailer full.

At the show you will find CommScope’s road show trailer featured in our booth. This trailer is what we have pulled across the US this past year, demonstrating our latest structural solutions for cell sites. It includes various physical layer solutions for today’s wireless network needs, such as:

  • A new, never-before-seen cell site solution that will reduce cable installation times and make ordering attachment accessories much easier.
  • The G2 Series Tower Mount Family, the first optimized mounting frames specifically designed to support today’s 4G requirements and the future evolution of tower top deployments. Check out this 90-second video to see a G2 frame assembled from start to finish, a process that can be completed in 30 minutes.
  • Metro Cell Solutions, including three unique concealment mounts for outdoor small cells. Radio-agnostic, antenna-optimized and with a condensed form factor, these metro cell solutions help meet zoning and network performance requirements.
  • An Integrated Equipment Platform for macro cell sites, with pre-installed cabinets and equipment for quicker deployment. Also available is a unique power supply solution for remote radio units, PowerShift.

Come by the CommScope booth and get your hands on our latest cell site structural solutions. As we all know, you need a lot of wires to build a wireless network. And you need a lot of brackets, mounts and structural supports to build a cell site. See you in Fort Worth!

About the Author

Dale Heath thumbnail

Dale Heath

Dale Heath is product line manager for the Steel Products organization at CommScope, responsible for a portfolio of structural cell site mounting and deployment solutions. With more than 30 years in the construction, manufacturing and telecommunications industry, Dale’s experience extends to the development of industry standards, safety and training for cell site construction.


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