Trains and rail systems—among the most complex environments for
providing wireless network services—are fast becoming priorities for
providing reliable coverage because of consumers’ expectation for
constant connectivity. CommScope,
which through its Andrew
Solutions portfolio already has provided connectivity solutions to
rail systems throughout the world, now has supplied new coverage
and capacity solutions for trains and train tunnels in multiple
Nordic countries, enabling commuter access to reliable wireless
“Challenging RF environments such as train cars and tunnels require
dedicated coverage systems for supporting wireless signals,” said Phil
Sorsky, vice president, Wireless Sales, Europe, CommScope. “Devising the
engineering and product solutions that enable wireless communications in
such difficult environments is a specialty of CommScope.”
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
Wireless operators in Denmark and Finland are utilizing the Node
AM digital repeater from CommScope, a global leader in
infrastructure solutions for communication networks, for in-train
deployments. Meanwhile, one operator in Norway is deploying CommScope’s ION™-M
distributed antenna system (DAS) and Node
A digital repeater platform for wireless coverage in train tunnels.
In Denmark, CommScope supplied its Node AM in-train repeaters for use by
wireless operators with three RF cards in each repeater supporting the
900, 1800 and 2100 MHz bands. Thanks to the Node AM’s flexible design,
each repeater can easily be extended to support LTE in the 800 MHz band.
Node AM in-train repeaters are placed in each train car to effectively
manage access to RF signals for passengers.
CommScope also is supplying Node AM repeaters for use by wireless
operators in Finland. There, each repeater has two RF cards—one combined
card supporting the standard 900 MHz band and GSM-R and one card for
UMTS in the 2100 MHz band.
“Multi-operator, multi-frequency band, and multi-technology standard are
common scenarios when working on train projects such as these,” said
Sorsky. “CommScope’s extensive history in bringing wireless coverage and
capacity to rail systems, sports stadiums, and other challenging areas
helps us manage such complexity.”
CommScope’s work in Norway has involved supplying RF equipment for
installation in train tunnels, not inside the train cars. The company’s
ION-M DAS and Node A digital repeater platform bring wireless signals
into the tunnels, making access for train passengers possible.
CommScope’s coverage and capacity solutions currently support CDMA in
the 450, 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz bands and are also easily extended to
LTE 800 MHz.
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.
ION is a trademark of CommScope, Inc.
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