JMA Wireless has announced several technological advancements and new products in its portfolio of macro and in-building antenna products, supporting both emerging unlicensed bands and 5G NR technology.
New editions to JMA’s antennas feature enhanced spectrum support including CBRS and LAA, providing a balanced approach to increased capacity and performance.
Small Cell Antennas
C Spire launched a 5G millimeter wave fixed wireless service last month with the deployment of broadband internet service to residents in a residential subdivision of Harrison County near the city of Gulfport. The fixed wireless service is using a C Spire cell site with 28 GHz equipment from the C Spire’s partner and 5G mmWave OEM, PHAZR, a JMA Wireless company.
Residents connected to the service have received download speeds of up to 750 Megabits per second (Mbps), upload speeds of up to 600 Mbps with latency as low as 8 milliseconds, according to C Spire President Stephen Bye.
“We use areas like this residential subdivision to continue our efforts to deliver on the promise of moving Mississippi forward with ground-breaking internet access for consumers and businesses,” Bye said. “In our state, broadband technology is the path to a stronger economy, more jobs and a healthier lifestyle.”
C Spire’s support for broadband deployment is part of its Tech Movement initiative launched in 2017 and is designed to leverage the firm’s technology investments to help transform its service areas and improve the quality of life for residents. Other elements include tech workforce development and investments in tech innovation to stimulate economic growth and broader societal impact in the 21st century.
Bye said the company plans to deploy fixed wireless internet service to thousands of consumers and businesses across the state over the next several years as part of the Tech Movement initiative and to meet the growing needs for high-quality, fast internet access and to boost the Magnolia State’s $108.5 billion economy.
PHAZR is partnering with C Spire to develop affordable 5G mmWave solutions using 5G client devices and base stations to extend the Mississippi company’s extensive 8,700 route miles of fiber infrastructure across its network, much of it at the edge of many neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties.
“5G RAN technology is the engine behind C Spire’s fixed wireless deployment and provides them with a new, flexible option that can be offered across any part of their footprint, including the many hard to reach, less accessible areas,” said Farooq Khan, president of the PHAZR unit at JMA Wireless.
JMA Wireless, has partnered with Huber+Suhner to provide an economical hybrid power plus fiber Cell Site Cabling Solution (FttA+PttA) on the market.
By complementing a small size, modern design, hybrid cable system with a compact and highly innovative DC up-converter, this new offering helps to alleviate mobile operators’ CAPEX and OPEX leasing issues.
Today, carriers are deploying dual band, 4X4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), high powered remote radio heads (RRHs) at their macro sites. These radios require greater DC power consumption as compared to traditional low-power radios. The current hybrid power/fiber cable infrastructure simply will not support these high power (HP) radios at distances over 200’ due to greater voltage drops.
The voltage drop challenge is alleviated with PowerBoost, an inline voltage up-converter solution from JMA Wireless. Combined with the Huber+Suhner high-density 12×24 hybrid power/fiber cable, carriers can power up to 12 dual/single band remote radio heads with a single hybrid cable while maintaining distances of up to 600 feet.
“The industry’s smallest voltage up-converter, PowerBoost from JMA Wireless, pairs naturally with the HUBER+SUHNER high-density hybrid cable offering,” said Shawn Chawgo, VP of product line management – Transmission Systems at JMA Wireless. “This combination offers our customers the smallest and least expensive solution for their 4G and 5G high-power radio deployments.”
“For Huber+Suhner, the JMA Wireless DC power up-converter family with its modularity and high-density features is a perfect complement to our modular Masterline hybrid trunk cable portfolio,” said Patrik Schönenberger, head of Business Unit Fiber Connectivity Outdoor at Huber+Suhner. “This smart combination enables us to offer our customers in mobile network operations site-specific fiber and power connectivity solutions exactly addressing particular power challenges of typical macro cell site enhancements related to the upcoming 5G network evolution.”
A wave of DAS systems for in-building use is making a splash at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this week, as the wireless industry continues to try to break into the enterprise space. The new products feature all-digital technology and 100-percent fiber optics, as well as virtualization and centralized RANs. The products are also smaller and use less electricity.
Among the OEMs showing off new products are CommScope with its Era all-digital C-RAN antenna system, Zinwave with its UNItivity 5000 DAS solution and JMA Wireless with its XRAN fully-virtualized adaptive baseband software. Additionally, Cobham Wireless has integrated vRAN (virtualized radio access networks) capabilities into its idDAS (intelligent digital DAS).
OEMs are expanding their market from wireless users to include serve the internet of things and smart buildings applications, as well as public safety. But there are many impediments to DAS in the enterprise. One of them being price. The latest wave of DAS equipment is smaller and less expensive. According to Josh Adelson, marketing director, CommScope, DAS is following the same trends occurring in the outdoor wireless space.
“It’s about finding a way to deliver in-building wireless in a way that is consistent with the approach the operators are taking,” Adelson said. “The main technical step forward is allowing the signal source to be located in the operator’s C-RAN rather than in the building.”
DAS OEMs are also taking using virtualization to replicate the features of a proprietary base station in software that is run on a commercially available hardware platform.
CommScope Era is an all-digital C-RAN antenna system that leverages wireless operators’ initiatives to centralize and virtualize baseband radio assets. The centralized headend serves multiple buildings, as well as tapping capacity from existing C-RAN hubs.
“The C-RAN allows an operator to manage a pool of resources within its own facility and allocate them on a dynamic basis, as well as to easily maintain them,” Adelson said. “From the building owner’s point of view, not having the head-end within their facility allows them to lease out the space the headend would have inhabited.”
Era features a new family of access points that are available in a range of power levels, with copper and fiber connectivity and outdoor and plenum ratings, to serve a wide variety of venue types. It supports interleaved MIMO (multiple input/multiple output).
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Zinwave has enhanced the energy efficiency of the UNItivity solutions’ hardware. Depending on the scope and complexity of the DAS configuration, an enterprise may see up to 17 percent energy savings.
Another update to UNItivity 5000 is the redesign of the secondary hub that adds 80 percent space savings in the IT closet. The streamlined design also integrates the power supply unit into the hub itself, which aids IT staff in procuring an external power supply while providing additional space savings.
“We are driving toward simplicity, improving aesthetics, lower total cost of ownership,” said Slavko Djukic, Zinwave Chief Technology Officer. “When you look at the total cost of ownership model including power usage and space usage, we believe we have made some significant improvements.”
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JMA Wireless has virtualized 100 percent of its RAN with software with the XRAN Adaptive Baseband, which provides all of the RAN functions necessary for LTE mobile and IoT connectivity.
“Full virtualization of the entire stack has been elusive due to the complexity of the technology,” said Joe Madden, president of Mobile Experts. “XRAN has delivered full virtualization and gives operators a more flexible, low-cost platform they can control. This opens the door for MNOs and enterprises – providing an opportunity for enterprises to invest in solutions to provide coverage for their venues.”
The XRAN software platform integrates with the TEKO RF Distribution platform via high capacity digital fiber connectivity, eliminating layers of analog equipment and cabling and reducing the footprint, power and cooling requirements.
“Cost, simplicity, footprint, power, and cooling changes dramatically with XRAN,” said Todd Landry, VP of product and market strategy at JMA Wireless. “XRAN is designed from its inception to close the gap between rapidly growing in-building mobile connectivity demands and today’s complex, proprietary hardware solutions unable to evolve and adapt for multi-operator services.”
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Cobham Wireless as designed the next generation of the intelligent digital DAS (idDAS) with a direct connection to the network core and virtualized capabilities. The latest idDAS supports both C-RAN architectures and vRAN architectures, replacing baseband units with commercial off-the-shelf technology and virtualized software.
“Operators are facing a capacity challenge, and with more people using high-bandwidth services and the number of IoT applications growing, this will only increase,” said Rami Hasarchi, VP Coverage, Cobham Wireless. “Virtualising the RAN for in-building coverage offers the ideal solution to this problem, maximizing spectrum efficiency and end-user experience, while vastly reducing running costs.”
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Initially, four residential and/or mixed-use developments with 15 buildings have been constructed to accommodate this Aarhus’ rapid growth. To ensure robust cellular connectivity in these new structures, the RAN host worked with system integrator, KM Telecom, to deploy the C-DAS solution, an iteration of the industry leading TEKO DAS platform from JMA Wireless.
The Aarhus deployment includes four residential zones. Together they cover almost 240,000 sqm. Within these developments there are residential, office and retail space, all requiring reliable cellular coverage. With the C-DAS platform, the central processing equipment is in a lower cost offsite base transceiver station hotel located in central Aarhus, saving up to 85 percent of valuable onsite real estate for revenue generating tenants, not housing technical equipment. Furthermore, the C-DAS can easily move capacity into different areas as necessary. The capacity used for businesses during the week can be reallocated to residences on the week-ends or in the evenings when people are at home.
The mixed-use development in Aarhus provides many amenities such as underground parking, expansive recreational areas and robust wireless communications.
During the initial phase of this project, a six-person team deployed two sectors, supporting the mobile operators, TDC, Telia and Telenor, and the 2100 UMTS band.
Inside the buildings, only low and high-power UMTS remote units (RUs) were deployed. However, with the installation of point-to-point links, cellular coverage and capacity are available to locations up to 20 kilometers away, even to Island 4 Aarhus, a manmade island with a variety of residences.