The drive toward the next generation of wireless technology is playing out in the infrastructure market with new features and capabilities being introduced in key radio access network equipment.
CommScope, a supplier of network infrastructure solutions, has developed a base station antenna that they call “the first antenna on the market to cover 1400-2700 MHz, the broadest frequency band range available.” The antenna also supports 4×4 Multiple Input/Multiple Output (MIMO), a critical 5G-enabling technology for increasing network capacity, in all frequency bands.
“An antenna that covers this wide a range of frequency bands did not seem possible even one year ago, yet today CommScope is supplying them for deployment in Europe,” said CommScope SVP RF Products Farid Firouzbakht. “Our speed in developing this antenna reflects the continued, pressing need wireless operators have for increasing capacity in LTE networks while readying for next generation 5G.”
The CommScope ultra-wideband antenna RRZZ-65B can support one or two antenna arrays in 1427-2690 MHz. It can also support a low band range of 694-960 MHz. The RRZZ-65B supports 4T4R operation, meaning four beams of transmit and receive signals, in both the low and high band ranges, as well as Frequency Division Duplex and Time Division Duplex (TDD). Operators can combine on one antenna the supplemental downlink band of 1400 MHz as well the primary band. It can also be used in conjunction with external filters to separate different licensed bands as needed, such as the 2300 TDD band, making it easier to customize for specific needs.
December 18, 2017