Zinwave, the provider of distributed antenna systems (DAS) for in-building wireless coverage, announced today (13 June 2014) it is working on a joint project with its sister company, Comtech Korea, to develop a future-proof point of interface (POI) device for in-building DAS installations.
Zinwave is looking to accelerate product development and research into next-generation in-building solutions, further to its acquisition earlier this year by McWane Inc, a privately held manufacturing company based in the US and owners of a global group of wireless technology companies.
Comtech Korea specializes in designing and developing macro and in-building coverage extension solutions for the mobile operators and systems integrators. The company has quickly secured business with major Korean and Japanese operators and is now expanding into the US.
Jointly designed by Zinwave and Comtech, the compact, high-performance, POI device will sit at the head-end between the base station and the distributed antenna system. It will simplify connectivity to base stations by eliminating the need for complex multi-component interface implementation systems.
The POI device will be supplied alongside Zinwave’s wideband DAS, enabling systems integrators and neutral host providers to offer an end-to-end solution to mobile network operators (MNO), building owners and enterprise customers.
Its dynamic monitoring tools (operable onsite or remotely via a web browser) will, when installed with Zinwave’s 3000 DAS, enable a fully monitored, alarmed and configurable coverage solution.
The management utility also enables the POI to operate independently, which provides an opportunity to use the unit as the manageable head-end to smaller passive networks.
Zinwave’s in-building DAS is the only system on the market that is truly future-proof, supporting any combination of services and frequencies between 150MHz and 2700MHz, regardless of modulation scheme or protocol, on a single hardware layer. The high performance POI device will also support all existing and emerging frequencies and services, including FDD and TDD LTE.
Colin Abrey, chief marketing officer, Zinwave, said: “Being part of a global technology group gives us access to a large pool of resource. By working in partnership with our sister company, we can significantly reduce the time to market and develop a portfolio of products to enhance our wideband DAS offering.”
Eric J OH, CEO, Comtech Korea, added: “Comtech is very confident with fast and advanced technology engineering design and cost effective mass production. Zinwave and Comtech will take advantage of the expertise and resource the McWane Tech Group has to offer to develop next-generation coverage solutions for the in-building wireless industry.”
The high performance POI device is expected to be available for global release during 2014.
Senior staff from both companies will be available to discuss the project at CommunicAsia, taking place in Singapore from 17-20 June 2014. Zinwave can be found on booth number BQ3-01 in the UK Pavilion.