CommScope this week launched new antenna options that intention to make C-band upgrades simpler for operators.

For C-band antennas, CommScope says it may help three important improve paths, two of which permit operators to switch an current multi-band antenna with one which additionally consists of C-band help. The added C-band performance doesn’t change the scale of the antenna, which the seller stated avoids structural web site adjustments that may be costly or end in increased web site leasing charges.

Particularly, it’s providing a multi-band passive antenna that helps low-, mid-, and C-band inside a single housing; and a modular antenna configuration possibility together with mid-band, full size low band arrays and filed-replaceable module with C-band help by means of a 64T64R energetic antenna unit or 8T8R passive antenna.

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Commenting within the announcement, Cellular Specialists’ Joe Madden famous the significance of antenna measurement for C-band upgrades.

“The business faces a serious problem in C-band deployment, as multi-band antennas that cowl current LTE bands and new 5G bands have been extraordinarily giant,” stated Madden, founder and chief Analyst for Cellular Specialists, in a statement. “The operators are on the lookout for options that shrink the scale of a multi-band antenna for C-band web site upgrades.”

CommScope’s new merchandise additionally help a standalone passive or energetic C-band antenna setup.

ABI Analysis Senior Analyst Johanna Alvarado, commenting within the launch, additionally lent credence to modular antennas.

“Modular antennas for 5G in C-band are little question an enabler for operators to deploy 5G at a quicker tempo, particularly once they can allow new frequencies and likewise help legacy applied sciences,” Alvarado acknowledged. “The brand new CommScope modular antenna will assist operators to cut back cell-site litter and simplify planning functions processes which can be arguably main challenges in deploying nationwide 5G networks.”

Within the U.S. the primary tranche of C-band spectrum for 5G is predicted to be cleared in late 2021, and AT&T and Verizon every have deployment plans as soon as the primary batch turns into accessible.  Initially that features overlaying C-band on current macro websites. 

AT&T final week disclosed plans to make use of Nokia’s C-band portfolio, together with Huge MIMO antenna options, macro distant radio heads (RRH) and AirScale baseband gear.

As for CommScope, alongside C-band, the seller’s additionally providing new antenna merchandise for CBRS, with help for sub-6 GHz bands.  The CBRS antenna portfolio boasted optimized sample choices and twin-beam expertise it says successfully doubles cell web site capability and allows six-sector deployment at a decrease price.

A few of the merchandise are commercially accessible now, with others to be launched within the coming months.

To scale back wind load, CommScope has added a 360-degree design to optimize wind move throughout the antennas, aiming to cut back prices and detrimental impacts of wind loading.  That design will probably be a part of the seller’s international antenna portfolio.

CommScope additionally unveiled low-band RF customizable combiners for the 700 MHz band. They’re focusing on operators in Europe, Center East and Africa areas, with help for brand new bands with out the necessity for extra base station antennas or elevated tower weight.

U.Ok. operators simply bought their palms on new 700 MHz spectrum following a three-day auction, in addition to spectrum within the 3.6 GHz band.   

“Operators will proceed to speed up their rollouts of 5G networks in 2021 whereas governments throughout the globe clear extra spectrum to accommodate extra cell customers and information,” stated Farid Firouzbakht, senior vp of Out of doors Wi-fi Networks, at CommScope in an announcement. “Our new antenna options make it easier, quicker and less expensive for wi-fi operators to construct their 5G networks throughout the spectrum.”