CommScope’s Ruckus CBRS portfolio and Attabotics’ 3D robotic supply chain automation system were demonstrated as part of Microsoft Azure capabilities for private LTE networks during Microsoft Ignite, the Microsoft annual gathering of technology leaders. held Nov. 4-8, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.
Ross Ortega, partner PM, Azure Networking said, “The Microsoft Azure-based private LTE solution builds on decades of Microsoft enterprise success stories. In collaborating with CommScope and Metaswitch, we see opportunity to enable IoT applications and take advantage of the security, latency and bitrates provided by private LTE networks for our mutual customers.”
CommScope’s Ruckus Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) portfolio enables enterprises to easily deploy private LTE networks to support innovative Internet of Things (IoT) applications using wireless spectrum recently made available by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Designed with enterprise IT operations in mind, this new portfolio greatly simplifies the management and deployment of a cellular network. Now, enterprise IT administrators have a new wireless tool that can be leveraged for a wide variety of applications that were not previously possible.
“We are proud that the Ruckus CBRS LTE portfolio was part of this innovative Microsoft demo at Ignite 2019,” said Joel Lindholm, vice president of CBRS Business at CommScope. “Using the end to end encryption of the LTE network, enterprise customers can feel comfortable with the secure nature of this new network. This demonstration highlights how private networks can be used by enterprise customers for automated applications such as Attabotics.”
The Ruckus CBRS portfolio uses separate dedicated spectrum from licensed cellular and Wi-Fi, thus providing cellular-like reliability, mobility, security and quality of service, but with the simplicity of Wi-Fi. Integration of the Ruckus CBRS portfolio with Microsoft Azure’s networking and edge connectivity solutions will enable enterprises to successfully address challenging and critical use cases with dedicated, secure, ultra-high-quality private LTE networks
State and local building authorities are increasingly mandating public safety wireless systems for new and even existing commercial structures. To ensure that emergency responders have continuous communication, these systems must meet strict criteria for continuous operation during fires, floods and other emergencies. However, as non-commercial systems they provide no direct return on investment, therefore building owners seek simple and cost-effective solutions.
The CommScope bi-directional amplifier has been designed to meet this need. As a repeater-based solution, it takes signals over the air and thus requires a minimal footprint within the building. It comes in a range of frequency band and power options, supports battery backup, and is fully compliant with relevant National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standards. It is software upgradeable.
TESSCO Technologies secured the entire first year production capacity for CommScope’s public safety product, a bi-directional amplifier that addresses a key need for reliable, cost-effective public safety wireless systems.
Tessco, as a distributor of wireless infrastructure products, provides public safety solutions consisting of the bi-directional amplifier, cabling, antennas and other components through a network of value-added resellers.
“Tessco has been engaged with us over the last two years to bring this product to market. This, combined with Tessco’s commitment to the public safety market, will help meet the growing need for reliable, cost-effective public safety wireless systems,” said Michael Shumate, vice president of distributed coverage and capacity systems for CommScope’s Mobility Solutions.
Tessco is now accepting orders with expected shipping in late Q4 or early in the first quarter of 2020.
Dali Wireless has filed a lawsuit against CommScope Technologies, alleging infringement of U.S. Patents and asking for an injunction to stop manufacturing, sale and distribution of CommScope OneCell and ION-E products.
Dali’s patents disclose and claim software defined radio systems that are building blocks for 4G/5G era in-building wireless networks. In its complaint, Dali alleges that CommScope incorporated Dali’s patents into its OneCell and ION-E products. Dali has petitioned the court for monetary damages and an injunction preventing CommScope from making, using, or selling its OneCell and ION-E products.
This lawsuit against CommScope is in addition to Dali’s lawsuit, where it claimed infringement of patents for power amplifier systems and methods of operation and software-configurable DAS and efficient baseband predistortion linearization systems. The case was dismissed after Texas Instruments took a license to the patent.
A CommScope spokesperson emailed this response to the story, “CommScope does not comment on pending litigation, and in that regard, I should note that CommScope has a pending patent infringement action against Dali in the Northern District of Texas (case no. 3:16-cv-477).”
CommScope is collaborating with Nokia to develop passive-active antenna solutions which enable operators around the world to optimize tower space usage, increase cell site capacity and lay the groundwork for a 5G ready future.
As operators seek ways to keep up with intense subscriber demand for mobile broadband, they must add capacity to existing radio technology layers. In many cases, as 5G roll-out momentum builds, 5G massive MIMO antennas capable of 3.5 GHz frequency bands may also need to be deployed at the same cell site.
To address this requirement, CommScope and Nokia are developing new passive-active antenna solutions to significantly boost site capacity, while easing deployment considerations. The streamlined design of the passive-active antenna combines the capacity and beamforming benefits of massive MIMO adaptive antenna technology for 5G, as well as high performance antennas for existing radio technologies all within the available, often limited, cell site space.
“The passive-active antenna solutions give operators a strong business case for 5G ready networks, while also increasing the capacity and performance of existing technologies,” said Farid Firouzbakht, senior vice president of RF Solutions, CommScope. “We will continue to build on the momentum with Nokia, developing innovative solutions for operators.”
The passive-active antenna solutions will be released for commercial deployment in 2019. More information can be found at the CommScope stand at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Hall 2, stand 2J30.
When new frequency bands (e.g. 700, 800, 1400MHz) become available, operators need to review the smartest ways to upgrade their wireless network, especially when it comes to deploying new spectrum across base station antennas.
And while the radio frequency (RF) domain is changing quickly, it’s better to plan this network modernization carefully to maximize benefits while minimizing costs in the long term.
I’ve outlined five steps that mobile network providers can take when selecting new antennas:
It’s critical to understand the current and future frequency bands that the operator is planning to use (at least for the next five years) and when these bands will be available. This information serves as a guide for BSA selection.
Next, we need to link technologies to the listed frequency bands, taking into consideration the technology generation, MIMO order, used features (e.g. beam steering) and radio module types (single RAN, separated radio, dual radio band, etc.).
Combiners are mainly used to reduce the number of running cables/jumpers and share two, three or four frequency bands/technologies on the same antenna ports. Using combiners will drive the operator to share the same e-tilt setting with all combined branches.
Next go back to the frequency matrix and add your combiners. By completing this step, the total number of needed RF ports is identified.
Check your network inventory, warehouse and installed antennas. Do your antennas support all mentioned frequency bands or only some of them? How many antennas are needed to cover all these bands and ports?
Try to have two or three options. For example:
Option1: new 22ports (6xLB + 8xHB + 8xBeamSteering).
Option2: Using 2 existing antennas: 14ports (6xLB + 8xHB) and 8ports (8xBeamSteering)
Option3: New 6ports antenna (2xLB + 4xHB) with using existing 8ports (4xLB+4xHB) and 8ports (8xBeamSteering).
Step 5: Categorize with tower structures:
Based on your tower structures and their load capability, you will categorize your sites and select the best antenna solution from them.
New sites: will use new 22ports antenna.
Medium structure sites: 2 existing antennas will be used: 14ports with 8ports antennas.
Heavy duty structures sites: new 6ports with existing 8ports and 8ports (beam steering) antennas will be used.
This should provide a blueprint for deployment. If you have questions or would like support from CommScope, please get in touch.
Elie Kanakri is CommScope’s technical marketing manager for EMEA and APAC regions. He joined CommScope in 2016, responsible for supporting mobile operators and OEMs to develop and modernize their networks. He has been in the wireless communications domain for more than 14 years. Prior to his current position, Kanakri held various positions in the radio planning and optimization department at Syriatel Mobile Telecom. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Damascus University.