CommScope unveils new SiteRise solution
New solution to bring complex testing work from top of cell tower to ground level, vendor says.
CommScope on Wednesday announced the Andrew SiteRise Standard Interface, which it said is intended to simplify the interface between a base station antenna and "virtually any" remote radio unit (RRU) technology.
The new product is an expansion of the Andrew SiteRise pre-assembled tower top solution, which was unveiled in 2013. CommScope said that the product family was aimed at operators that want to move complex connection, configuration and testing work from the top of a cell tower to ground level.
"Since we began implementing the SiteRise solution in close collaboration with a major wireless operator, we have continued to work closely with the whole operator community to understand what innovations would be of additional value to them," said Vick Mamlouk, vice president of wireless sales at CommScope MEA.
"Those conversations led to a new SiteRise solution aimed at even greater simplification of the radio and antenna interface, which provides for even less interference risk, better flexibility and a true plug-and-play capability at the top of the tower."
CommScope said that the SiteRise Standard Interface allows operators to use multiple RRU technologies and frequency bands. At the heart of the solution, the vendor said, is a patented connector technology that provides an essentially passive intermodulation (PIM)-free, blind-mate connection.
With the solution allowing operators to conduct complex connecting work at the ground level, CommScope said that it would reduce the risk of craft-related errors.
"The top of the tower is a difficult place to work, so having a solution that provides for a more consistent and predictable quality result and provides flexibility for change just makes sense," said Mamlouk.