CommScope to showcase C-Ran small cell at MWC 2016

Other new solutions on display will include PowerShift plug-and-play direct current power supply solution and new optical PIM tester

CommScope to showcase C-Ran small cell at MWC 2016

CommScope will highlight four of its latest solutions for network densification, virtualisation and optimisation at MWC 2016. The solutions are designed to help wireless operators continue to densify, virtualise and optimise their networks to add capacity.

Ben Cardwell, senior vice president, Mobility Solutions at, CommScope, said: “As wireless networks evolve toward Cloud RAN, one rule still applies—operators need to squeeze as much capacity out of their existing networks as possible.

“CommScope is developing solutions that build upon our long-standing expertise in radio frequency (RF) and cellular solutions and include our newly-enhanced strength in intelligent small cell solutions and fibre connectivity.”

First up is the OneCell C-RAN Small Cell Solution (pictured), which has been shortlisted by GSMA as a finalist for the 2016 Global Mobile Awards in the Best Technology Enabler category. OneCell came into the CommScope portfolio following the company’s purchase of Airvana in late 2015.

OneCell forms a single “super” cell indoors that eliminates handovers and border interference across large areas, creating a high performing LTE experience for end-users. OneCell enables sector virtualisation with smart reuse technology that gives operators the ability to scale capacity within a given spectrum.

The Powered Fiber Cable System speeds and simplifies the installation, powering and communication with small cells, Wi-Fi access points, security cameras and other dc-powered devices. The hybrid fibre/copper cabling and remote powering unit correct for electrical line loss and reduce the need for local utility negotiations. Powered fibre enables C-RAN site deployments, carrying power and data from a centralised location for up to three kilometres.

CommScope believes PowerShift is the industry’s first plug-and-play, direct current (DC) power supply solution for efficiently managing power to remote radio units. PowerShift automatically delivers the most efficient voltage to remote radio units, utilising technology CommScope developed with the power supply experts at General Electric. A rack-mounted solution, PowerShift can also extend the uptime for RF batteries by up to 35%.

With the Optical PIM Tester, a single technician can connect directly to the base band unit at the bottom of a cell tower and perform an active, cross-band passive intermodulation (PIM) test over the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI).

The Optical PIM Tester makes it much easier to find and remediate PIM even between frequency bands. PIM is a serious source of interference in LTE networks that can result in significantly reduced data throughput and degraded voice quality.

CommScope will also display some of its newly-acquired fibre connectivity and management solutions that make it easier to incorporate future optical components into the network. The company’s fibre portfolio includes high density panels and frames and plug-and-play modules that offer added flexibility and functionality. CommScope will also exhibit its HELIAX FiberFeed hybrid cable and other fibre cabling solutions for cell sites.

CommScope will be located in Hall 2, Stand #2J30 at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.


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