Cellular providers have more options for handling the growing problem of
network overload thanks to a ground-breaking
microwave antenna solution from CommScope.
Now, next-generation backhaul performance and savings in operating and
capital expenses are within easy reach.
CommScope’s Sentinel™, one of the most significant innovations in Andrew
Solutions™ microwave antenna technology, is designed to address
three of the greatest challenges facing wireless network operators –
rapidly increasing data traffic, spectrum scarcity and return on network
investment. Sentinel is believed to be the first full line of European
Telecommunications Standards Institute Class 4 antennas priced for
today and designed for the future. And, CommScope believes Sentinel is
the only offering of its kind that delivers these advantages without
Sentinel is engineered for performance to maximize the use of wireless
spectrum, while withstanding heavy demands in data growth. As with
all CommScope capacity solutions, customers benefit from added peace of
mind knowing the technology powering their solution won’t become
obsolete before or soon after deployment. An innovative improvement in
radiation pattern helps squeeze more out of available spectrum and
typically yields 40 percent higher link density. The result is more
capacity moving traffic between cell sites and the core network, helping
lessen strain on the network and prevent impacts to performance. Higher
radio modulation schemes can be used and Sentinel can also minimize
interference in the network.
Additionally, every component of the Sentinel solution is geared towards
saving customers money. Consider how the price tag for a backhaul
microwave antenna is really only part of the total overall cost of
ownership – nearly 70 percent of the money spent on backhaul actually
comes after the purchase. Sentinel allows smaller antennas to be
deployed, which may provide savings in capital and operational expenses.
Bulkier-sized antennas drive up operating expenses due to larger tower
space leasing and zoning considerations. Installations also are
typically more complex and with greater maintenance requirements, which
can increase the likelihood of longer network downtime. Sentinel’s small
footprint makes installation easy and keeps maintenance costs low. The
antenna is further designed to be lightweight yet durable, so it can
endure winds as strong as 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour).
“Wireless network operators are facing serious issues related to network
capacity and with the rollout of LTE, traffic growth projections are
expected to climb,” said Paul Bell, senior vice president of Microwave
Antennas, CommScope. “There’s so much that needs to be factored into an
effective backhaul solution, but it all comes down to performance and
long-term costs. In creating Sentinel, as with all our other backhaul
solutions, we wanted to give our customers the best of both worlds and
something that would support them today and in the years ahead.”
Terrestrial microwave antennas produce highly directional beams
typically used in point-to-point microwave systems. CommScope
manufactures a full line of terrestrial microwave antennas for
applications such as fixed-line telecommunications networks, broadband
wireless, wireless infrastructure and television broadcasting. Our
Andrew microwave antennas provide a cost-effective solution for all
terrestrial microwave systems operating at frequencies between 3.5 GHz
and 80 GHz and in sizes from 8 in. (0.2 m) to 15 ft. (4.6 m) in diameter.
has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication
networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and
technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end
solutions includes critical infrastructure our customers need to build
high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology
changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create,
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information currently available to management, management’s beliefs, as
well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events.
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