CommScope now offers a comprehensive package that simplifies fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) site deployments. The company's FTTA Turnkey Solution, part of its Andrew Systems, Inc. partner line, standardizes remote radio unit (RRU) installation while bringing simplicity and performance assurance to a technologically and logistically complex application, the company claims. Operators are deploying next-generation technology RRUs at the top of cell towers closer to the antennas, to reduce loss and improve system performance. While this strategy improves performance, it requires fiber-optic cables and power to be installed at the top of the tower.
CommScope says its FTTA Turnkey Solution will relieve uncertainty about successful RRU deployment while increasing visibility into installation, maintenance, and operating costs. The FTTA Turnkey Solution supports multiple RF technologies and frequencies while boosting network capacity, CommScope adds. The system's components include: the Argus UltraBand multiport antennas; the HELIAX FiberFeed hybrid fiber and power trunk cable and tails; the HELIAX SureFlex RF cable assemblies; cabinets, structural supports, fiber-optic connectors, and assemblies; and the optional Andrew SiteRise pre-assembled tower solution.
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The Andrew SiteRise tower offering is the world’s first pre-assembled tower top for RRU site architectures, claims Commscope. First deployed by international operator Ooredoo, Andrew SiteRise enables all the RF equipment to be pre-assembled and pre-tested prior to hoisting up the tower. This unique approach to site construction offers several benefits to network operators, including standardization of the installation process, a compact design that frees up valuable space at the top of the tower, and a modular system that enables easier maintenance and performance upgrades, CommScope asserts.
“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,” comments 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.”
Currently available in North America, CommScope expects to expand the FTTA Turnkey Solution into a complete product and services offering for customers in all regions of the world.