The CommScope family of integrated cabinets, for years one of the top
choices by North American telecommunications carriers, is being expanded
under Andrew Wireless Solutions with new products that address the
unique requirements of wireless operators around the world.
Andrew cabinets for wireless operators are environmentally controlled
enclosures that protect equipment at a cell site or remote installation.
Andrew’s full line of integrated cabinets
connect and protect radio, power, amplifier and battery electronics
while delivering industry leading acoustic and thermal performance.
Andrew Wireless Solutions is a global leader in infrastructure solutions
for communication networks for the wireless industry. The two newest
additions to the Andrew cabinet family, introduced this week at CTIA
WIRELESS 2008 in Las Vegas, are the EcoPower™
Cabinet and the RBA84 Series Cabinet.
EcoPower Integrated Fuel Cell Solution is Eco-Friendly
EcoPower provides an environmentally friendly DC backup power solution
for wireless and wireline networks, with a cabinet design that is
modular and flexible to meet the most stringent backup power needs. The
cabinet’s proton exchange membrane (PEM)
hydrogen fuel cells, housed in a secure, weather resistant cabinet for
outdoor deployment, offers a smaller footprint and more dense power
backup than what has been available previously from competitors.
The EcoPower cabinet, at 63 inches high by 45 inches wide by 52 inches
deep, is the most compact integrated fuel cell system available,
providing up to 16kW in a single cabinet. With power supplied by two 8kW
fuel cells, the EcoPower cabinet is cooled without use of outside air in
a sealed compartment to keep out dust, contaminants and condensation,
thereby helping to prevent deterioration of equipment housed inside.
With its cabinet cooling and heating system, the PEM fuel cell delivers
optimum power output at ambient temperatures that can range from -40
degrees Celsius to 46 degrees C, with an exceptionally high degree of
reliability that helps ensure uninterrupted power during utility power
“Traditional battery backup cabinets and
diesel generators take a back seat to the capabilities of the Andrew
EcoPower cabinet,” said Anil Trehan, chief
technology officer, Carrier. “This cabinet
provides a superior eco-friendly power supply that offers significant
operational cost savings over the life of the cabinet. It also is ideal
at addressing mandated minimum power supply requirements, such as the US
Federal Communications Commission’s recent
ruling that calls for at least eight hours of power backup at cell sites.”
The Andrew EcoPower fuel cell cabinet is currently available for field
trials. General availability is scheduled for June 2008.
RBA84 Cabinet – Flexible, Durable and
Aesthetically Pleasing Design
The Andrew RBA84 Series Cabinet has been designed specifically for the
needs of wireless operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Its flexible configuration enables it to accept radio, power and battery
equipment from various OEMs, providing operators with long-term
versatility at network cell sites.
The RBA84 Series also has configurable cooling options, ranging from air
conditioning to hydrophobic or mesh filter air cooling, for optimal
thermal performance, while minimizing cost. It also utilizes variable
speed fan technology to minimize the acoustic signature. It is
constructed of rugged 1/8th inch thick
aluminum, with UL50 and GR487 Zone 4 compliance, making it durable for
outdoor usage. Its aesthetic design includes a louvered front door and
three rear access panels, blending appearance and functionality.
“The RBA84 Series strengthens our family of
integrated cabinets for wireless applications,”
said Julie Nielson, vice president, Product Management and Engineering,
Andrew Wireless Solutions. “Andrew cabinets
are now more accommodating to various OEM radio and power equipment,
making them more versatile and available for quicker deployment. Andrew
cabinets overall help our customers protect their considerable
investment in equipment from environmental elements.”
EcoPower is a trademark of CommScope, Inc.
CommScope, Inc. (NYSE:CTV)(www.commscope.com)
is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication
networks. Through its Andrew Wireless Solutions™
brand, it is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem solutions for
wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX®
brands, CommScope is a world leader in network infrastructure solutions,
delivering a complete end-to-end physical layer solution, including
cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network
design services for business enterprise applications. It is also the
premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband cable television
networks and one of the leading North American providers of
environmentally secure cabinets for DSL and FTTN applications. Backed by
strong research and development, CommScope combines technical expertise
and proprietary technology with global manufacturing capability to
provide customers with infrastructure solutions for evolving global
communications networks in more than 130 countries around the world.
This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based
on information currently available to management, management’s
beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events.Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are
subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could
cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently
expected.For a more detailed description of the factors that
could cause such a difference, please see CommScope’s
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.In providing
forward-looking statements, the company does not intend, and is not
undertaking any obligation or duty, to update these statements as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise.