Many wireless operators are considering strategies to keep ahead of
surging mobile data consumption rates by offloading macro network
traffic onto smaller, denser cell sites, particularly in congested urban
areas. To help operators deploy such “small cells” more quickly,
CommScope is supplying a family of equipment-integrated, factory-tested,
modular solutions called Metro Cell Concealment Solutions.
Part of the Andrew®
portfolio of wireless solutions, Metro Cell Concealment Solutions
conceal the key RF path equipment in a visually unobtrusive structure
that more easily meets zoning restrictions in urban and suburban areas.
The stealthy appearance of this integrated RF solution can help
operators meet concealment requirements and physical space limitations
for such cell sites, improving site acquisition and deployment times.
Because it is often impractical to put typical cell towers in congested
areas, operators need options for adding wireless capacity.
“There are many logistical challenges when it comes to increasing sector
density in metropolitan wireless networks in addition to the
technological ones,” said Philip Sorrells, vice president of strategic
marketing, Wireless, CommScope. “Metro Cell Concealment Solutions can
help speed the site acquisition process and deployment times by meeting
aesthetic requirements and space limitations.”
Metro Cell Concealment Solutions provide a modular, systems approach to
typical urban deployment scenarios, coming in three varieties to meet
The integrated top assembly includes the antenna and other optional RF
conditioning components such as diplexers and tower mounted
amplifiers. These components are integrated into one unit that can be
mounted to billboards, street poles and other existing structures,
offering adaptability to current conditions.
A rooftop version consists of the integrated RF Path unit and
non-penetrative supports designed specifically to avoid drilling
penetration points into the roof.
A monopole version includes the integrated RF Path unit plus a
monopole for mounting as a standalone structure on city streets or in
traditional cell site locations. This option blends into the existing
street appearance while providing needed wireless capacity.
Metro Cell Concealment Solutions deliver performance assured
implementations, facilitate zoning approval and install easily. All
integrated wireless equipment—including antennas, low noise amplifiers,
diplexers, fiber and coaxial cable and cable assemblies—are
pre-assembled and tested by CommScope to deliver reliable performance.
For critical areas with very high cell density, a key application
includes integration of the Andrew ION®-M and ION-U
distributed antenna systems. The DAS remote units are integrated into
the lower section of the metro cell system and quasi-omni or three
sector antenna systems are integrated in the top section.
Metro Cell Concealment Solutions are radio agnostic and forward
compatible to support multiple operators and technologies now and in the
future. They can help solve operators’ key issues involving power
supply, backhaul and site acquisition. Metro Cell Concealment Solutions
are available now globally.
Think you know of a concealed cell site despite the cloaking effort of
its owner? Share a photo via Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag
#RFconcealment to prove your keen eye. CommScope has already posted a
few of its own images on its Instagram
accounts. Search #RFconcealment to see who has found some of the more
uniquely concealed cell sites out there.
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