The long-anticipated wiring of the Rome Metro’s passenger trains and
stations for wireless coverage is becoming a reality.
CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for
communications networks, has been chosen by Italian operators Telecom
to provide and install a multi-operator, multi-band cellular coverage
solution throughout the Rome Metro that will extend reliable wireless
signals to passengers and staff throughout the system’s stations and
solution, featuring its ION-M optical distributed antenna system and
HELIAX® transmission lines, will enable Rome’s citizens, visitors and
tourists to enjoy reliable voice and data wireless services while riding
on the Metro, including in tunnels and in stations. The three-phase
project is expected to be completed in late 2012.
“CommScope has an extensive history of providing wireless
coverage and capacity solutions for metropolitan railways worldwide,
including several in Italy,” said Samuel Buttarelli, sales director,
Wireless Innovations, CommScope. “We are pleased to support the Italian
mobile operators with the technology and expertise to enable them to
deploy much-needed wireless coverage for their customers on the Rome
Wireless operators are faced with many challenges in providing service
along railways, including tunnels and stations that block or restrict
signals, high speed trains that complicate cellular hand-offs, and
smartphone users who expect constant access to data services while
onboard. Such demands typically require dedicated coverage and capacity
solutions to ensure access for commuters and sufficient network capacity
The project will enable 2G and 3G voice and data services for customers
of Telecom Italia, Vodafone, WIND and H3G utilizing the GSM900, GSM1800
and UMTS frequencies utilized by the operators.
“Multi-operator, multi-frequency band, and multi-technology standard are
common scenarios when working on train projects such as these,”
Buttarelli said. “Despite the complexities of providing wireless
coverage in moving trains, narrow tunnels and enclosed stations,
CommScope expects to quickly implement a successful solution with
minimal impact on the existing infrastructure—resulting in greater
passenger satisfaction and more loyalty to our operator customers.”
CommScope previously completed a similar project that brought reliable
wireless coverage to the metro system in Turin, and furnished equipment
for wireless coverage in the Milan metro.
ION is an easy-to-scale, fiber-based coverage and capacity solution for
indoor and outdoor applications, available in multiple power levels with
a unique multi-band, multi-operator platform. CommScope’s off-air
repeaters include a full line of pico and micro class RF enhancers and
macro class digital nodes. CommScope’s repeaters provide RF signals for
wide area coverage through antennas and are self-diagnosing,
self-adaptive and available in multiple power classes.
CommScope is a world leader in providing coverage and capacity system
solutions, including ION™
distributed antennas systems, Node
series repeaters, HELIAX® coaxial cable, RADIAX® leaky
cables, CellMax® indoor antennas and other passive components.
CommScope, through its Andrew Solutions portfolio, has nearly 30 years
of experience in providing, installing and managing complex radio signal
distribution systems for railway tracks, large-scale buildings, radio
operators and telephone operators around the world. Major projects have
included the ICE high speed train line in Germany; metro rails in
Beijing, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Montreal; major venues such as the
Dallas Cowboys Stadium and World Cup 2010 stadiums, and numerous
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,
innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop
connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at
work, and on the go.
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