As requirements for handling wireless traffic and capacity inside
stadiums and concert venues intensify almost daily, wireless operators
and facility managers increasingly are turning to a CommScope innovation
known as sector sculpting to satisfy the tens of thousands of spectators
who fill venues in numerous cities every day.
The sector sculpting technique is deployed via the new family of
CommScope specialty antennas and combined with an outdoor distributed
antenna system to address the unique needs of high traffic, highly
visible venues—such as outdoor stadiums and concert halls—that can
strain or impede networks that are ill-prepared for the crush of
wireless traffic generated by customers.
These stadium technology challenges are reflective of expected record
highs in mobile data usage. A recent report
from Informa Telecoms & Media forecasts that in 2016 the average
wireless subscriber will access 6.5 times more video from his or her
device compared with 2011 usage. Music and social media are expected to
be eight times higher than last year, while the figures on mobile gaming
could be almost 10 times greater.
“When you look at the challenges mobile operators are facing today and
the projections for as few as three to five years from now, the capacity
issue is a real concern—whether it’s in an outdoor DAS scenario
or the macro cellular network,” said Philip Sorrells, vice president of
Site Solutions, CommScope. “Investing in capacity with sector sculpting
solutions offers network providers one of the best opportunities to meet
requirements now and in the years ahead, which can give them a solid
return on their investment.”
CommScope’s sector sculpting solution—already deployed in several
stadiums by a major US operator and at the world’s biggest athletic
event—features a new generation of multi-beam
antenna technologies. Traditional antennas provide a single main
power beam, with a primary goal of providing coverage in the intended
area. Sector sculpting splits those beams into more narrow and tightly
controlled areas, thus reducing interference levels, which is crucial in
HSPA+ and LTE systems.
In high traffic areas such as sporting venues, these systems are
combined with an advanced DAS such as the ION-M™
from CommScope, which supports the distribution via optical fiber of
bandwidth in a multi-operator and multi-technology environment.
CommScope provides a broad range of sector sculpting solutions as part
of its newly-expanded
portfolio of antennas, which now pairs products from the legacy
Andrew Solutions brand with the high performance antenna innovation
offered by Argus
Technologies, which became part of CommScope late in 2011. The
integration of the two companies' antenna lines—completed in May—pairs
Argus' antenna research and technology strengths with CommScope's broad
antenna solutions, global reach and its position as a respected global
leader in RF solutions for wireless network infrastructure.
The CommScope antenna portfolio is among the industry’s most
comprehensive, with several multi-beam and reconfigurable beam options,
such as three-way SmartBeam®, dual-beam, five-beam, and the new 18-beam
antenna. All are designed to preserve customers’ infrastructure
investments without the need for constant replacements when rolling out
new technologies or supporting other bandwidth frequencies. They are
further engineered to reduce tower loading and make it easier for
operators to gain approval for site installation. The ability to
minimize passive intermodulation and the flexibility for optimizing
antenna beams also helps enhance network performance.
CommScope’s newest innovation is the 2x9 multi-beam antenna—the first in
the industry. This solution provides the power of 18 beams into a single
antenna to provide capacity-optimized coverage throughout a venue served
by a DAS. It features two rows of nine beams each covering both high and
low seating areas in locations with as many as 10,000 to 100,000
spectators. One row of beams tilts upward four degrees and the second
row tilts downward four degrees. An intricate beamforming technique
suppresses noise between the sector to enable high-performance and
optimum capacity management. The antenna is MIMO-compatible, as well as
easy and fast to deploy.
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technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end
solutions includes critical infrastructure our customers need to build
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