ZTE has introduced the iMacro base station to help operators enhance 4G LTE network coverage in congested urban areas with limited space for site installation.
The new iMacro base station, with integrated RFUs (radio frequency unit) and antennas of compactness and high performance, was launched at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015 conference in Shanghai.
The iMacro features an integrated RF unit and antenna unit, ultra-broadband power amplification, coupled with its small size, light weight, compact design, and multiple frequency bands capability,
It is designed to be easy to deployment in urban streets. It can be pole-mounted or wall-mounted, is suitable for installation on lampposts along urban roads and bus station awnings, and can even be placed on the lamp poles along roads or buildings’ exteriors.
The iMacro can connect to external devices through a single power cable and an optical fibre that is connected to the BBU (base band unit), and multiple iMacro base stations are connected to one remote BBU, allowing for flexible and rapid network deployment, and significantly reducing deployment costs.
The new base station joins other products of the ZTE multi-scenario coverage product family, including the Pad series outdoor base stations and Qcell indoor coverage solutions, helping operators to build high-quality 4G networks.
“The rapid development of mobile data services demands continuous and intensive coverage for 4G network deployments,” said Zhang Jianguo, Vice President of ZTE. “Many operators lack the required site resources in cities and urban areas, and the lightweight and compact iMacro base station is designed to help resolve these challenges.”