To alleviate capacity concerns in their macro networks, many wireless
operators are exploring or deploying lower power and smaller footprint
cell sites. Often referred to as small cells, these
applications—designed to increase overall sector density, or
capacity—can present challenges when it comes to acquiring sites and
integrating them into the macro wireless network.
Addressing these challenges, CommScope
is adding its expertise in macro site deployment to multiple Andrew®
RF cell densification solutions to create a portfolio of options that
help operators address small cell deployment concerns.
“Crowded cell sites, zoning restrictions and RF engineering challenges
make finding the right solution for adding network capacity with cell
densification quite challenging for operators,” said CommScope’s Philip
Sorrells, vice president of strategic marketing, Wireless. “Operators
need options that can be tailored based on specific site requirements
and deployed in a timely, cost-effective manner without disrupting
In many urban and suburban areas, because the cost of acquiring a cell
site can be greater than the cost of installing equipment, operators are
looking to deploy lower power and shorter antenna cells (or mini-cells)
that occupy less space. Operators often must aesthetically reduce the
visual impact of their RF equipment to meet zoning and leasing
requirements. Operators also must attend to engineering concerns such as
minimizing interference with adjacent sectors and providing adequate
backhaul to limit bottlenecking.
To address these challenges, CommScope’s versatile small cell solution
The well-established ION®-M distributed antenna system (DAS), which the company has deployed for years in
outdoor campuses of up to 20 kilometers in distance. “We view DAS as
the original small cell platform for improving data throughput and
quality of service for the subscriber,” said Sorrells.
Integrated concealment solutions that hide RF equipment in a monopole
under one radome, which can be installed as standalone street poles or
on existing structures. These concealed small cell solutions are
customizable based on height and diameter, power output, sectorization
and integrated Andrew RF equipment. All models are radio agnostic,
meaning interoperable with existing radio equipment in multi-carrier
environments with shared infrastructure.
Wireless backhaul support including the Andrew Sentinel™
Class 4 microwave antenna, now available in a compact and powerful 0.3
m (1 ft) diameter model. Sentinel antennas increase capacity through
better spectrum reuse and longer deployment of higher modulation
schemes, typically resulting in 40% higher network density.
Groundbreaking radiation pattern envelopment offers superior
interference immunity while sturdy design lends superior durability
even in winds of up to 250 km/h (155 mph).
In North America, turnkey design, installation, project management and
plus a comprehensive RF Path warranty. CommScope plans to expand its
turnkey small cell offerings in other regions later this year.
“You have to be flexible and creative to deliver small cell solutions
that meet real-world deployment challenges,” said Sorrells. “CommScope
is well-equipped with experience and a variety of product options to
make small cell deployment a success for our customers.”
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