CommScope introduces FTTA site solution
Turnkey product said to ‘reduce uncertainty’ at fibre-to-the-antenna deployment sites
Following its joint venture with Ooredoo, which aimed to standardise tower tops for cellular sites, CommScope has announced a new solution to wireless operators for enabling fibre-to-the-antenna (FTTA) site deployments.
The FTTA Turnkey Solution forms part of the Andrew portfolio of wireless solutions. It seeks to standardise remote radio unit (RRU) installation.
"The top of an antenna tower is one of the more challenging places to work, especially when you are adding active components while protecting existing systems," said Stan Catey, senior vice president and general manager, Cable Products, CommScope.
"With the FTTA Turnkey Solution, CommScope will supply decades of wireless network expertise, extensive partner relationships and unique tower equipment solutions that seamlessly integrate with RRU technology."
Operators currently deploy next-generation technology RRUs at the top of cellular towers closer to the antennas, reducing loss and improving system performance. While this implementation approach offers new performance advantages, it requires installing fibre-optic cabling and power at the top of the tower.
CommScope's FTTA Turnkey Solution is aimed at "relieving uncertainty about successful RRU deployment while increasing visibility into installation, maintenance and operating costs".
The solution is designed to allow wireless operators to create and maintain a future-ready wireless network that can be implemented with any major radio technology. According to CommScope it is capable of supporting multiple RF technologies and frequencies while boosting network capacity.
The solution includes an option for an Andrew SiteRise tower solution, which is believed to be "the world's first pre-assembled tower top for RRU site architectures". First deployed by Qatari operator Ooredoo, Andrew SiteRise provides pre-assembly and pre-testing of all RF equipment prior to hoisting up the tower.
"The FTTA Turnkey Solution bundles advanced tower technology with comprehensive services to simplify the evolution to remote radio units," said Catey. "FTTA is a big transition in cell site architecture, and CommScope is doing everything it can to make the move successful for our customers."