Andrew Corporation, the holder of numerous patents covering remote
electrical tilt (RET) technology for base station antennas, has
introduced a software system that works with the Teletilt(R) ATC200-1000
local rack-mounted controller and enables real-time adjustments to base
station antennas from anywhere an Internet connection is established.
The new Andrew Network Management System (ANMS) enables users to
schedule downtilt adjustments to occur at any time and in any location,
eliminating the cost and inconvenience of dispatching crews to make the
adjustments on site. Additionally, ANMS enables more precise hand-offs
with fewer gaps in coverage because adjustments on multiple antennas can
be made simultaneously.
"Andrew Network Management System is a very important development for
wireless operators seeking to maximize revenues while providing
excellent network performance," said Jim Bowen, vice president, Base
Station Antennas, Andrew Corporation. "Previously, clear trade-offs were
needed even when individual cell sites or sectors were optimized. Now,
whole networks can be adjusted simultaneously, records can be made, and
analysis can lead to additional changes in much shorter intervals."
ANMS will be featured at Andrew's exhibit (Hall 1, Stand D08-D09)
February 13-16 at 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona.
The Windows(R)-based ANMS software communicates through a customer
supported Ethernet connection located at the base transceiver station or
a wireless supported connection provided by Andrew. The secure virtual
private network link is directed through the Teletilt(R) ATC200-1000
local rack-mounted controller installed at the base transceiver station
to the operational maintenance center, where an administrator will
facilitate initial setup rights to the end user and send them out
through a secure VPN to any location with Internet connection.
Andrew Network Management System joins Andrew's Teletilt antenna systems
to provide an entire remote controlled solution for base station
antennas. Andrew's patented RET technology enables network operators to
remotely adjust the beam pattern of an antenna system and control its
signal coverage footprint. The system optimizes radio frequency coverage
by enabling antennas to be adjusted remotely without needing to put the
entire cell site out of service or sending a crew to adjust the
antennas. RET enables quick site optimization, independent of weather
and site access difficulties. Operators quickly can adjust antennas to
accommodate short-term changes in customer usage along specific sites in
the network, such as high demand along urban highways during rush hour
or during heavily-attended stadium events.
Andrew Corporation also has licensed use of its patented RET antenna
technology to eight firms around the world, further extending
availability of this innovative base station antenna functionality to
About Andrew Corporation
Andrew Corporation (NASDAQ:ANDW) designs, manufactures, and delivers
innovative and essential equipment and solutions for the global
communications infrastructure market. The company serves operators and
equipment manufacturers from facilities in 35 countries. Andrew (www.andrew.com),
headquartered in Westchester, IL, is an S&P 500 company founded in 1937.
Teletilt is a registered trademark of Andrew Corporation.
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use demands for wireless communication services, the loss of one or more
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