Airbus Defence and Space has introduced an 800MHz version of its high-power mini TETRA (terrestrial trunked radio) base station, the TB3hp, at Critical Communications Asia 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. This new variation will complement the 380-430MHz model and expand the company’s portfolio in the 800MHz radio frequency band, which is used particularly in Asia and America.
Airbus describes the TB3hp as the world’s smallest TETRA base station of this type and, compared with other mini base stations, can cover a larger area with mission-critical communications in a more cost-efficient way.
It offers up to 15 W of radio frequency (RF) power with a very low power consumption of around 100 W. This makes it especially suitable for providing radio access to TETRA communication networks of all kinds of users or in areas with temporary radio network coverage needs.
The TB3hp base station is approximately the size of a small suitcase, as compared with standard base stations, which are roughly the size of a cabinet. This makes the TB3hp particularly suitable for filling coverage gaps or providing hotspot coverage in places where the normal network may not reach, such as underground car parks or tunnels, Airbus asserts.
One person can easily carry it to the site, install it and set it up within minutes. It can be mounted on a wall or even used in a vehicle to provide rapid deployment coverage, guaranteeing the same complete reliability.
Regardless of whether it is being used to establish wide-area radio coverage, as a stand-alone unit or as part of a bigger TETRA network, the TB3hp can be adapted to the available transmission network by using conventional time-division multiplexing (TDM), as well as Internet Protocol (IP) transmission. Once up and running, the base station can be operated and maintained via a remote connection, thus avoiding costly site visits.