ZTE Corporation has announced the launch of the industry’s first LTE BeamHop solution, which enables operators to use existing 2G and 3G antenna sites for combined 2G, 3G and LTE communications, providing savings in antenna real estate and installation costs.
The LTE BeamHop solution was demonstrated on ZTE’s LTE A8808 Active Antenna System (AAS) which is based on the BeamHop technology. The A8808 consists of both active and passive antennas. The passive part replaces operators’ existing 2G and 3G antennas, while the active part is used for the newly-added LTE network.
Since the LTE radio unit is integrated into the existing antenna, the new LTE network can be deployed without purchasing any additional antenna site space, reducing installation costs and maximising existing resources. This product is especially beneficial to operators competing in developed markets where the cost of renting antenna site space is high.
ZTE vice president Wang Shouchen said: ‘The new ZTE LTE BeamHop AAS solution enables ‘one deployment, two networks and flexible coverage. This solution increases the transmission power of the base station and the sensitivity of the receivers, which significantly boosts network capacity and coverage. The BeamHop solution will help operators smoothly transition from 2G and 3G to LTE, without adding new antenna space. In turn, that will greatly reduce construction costs and accelerate commercial progress.’