TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) announced an initiative to orient its FlexWave Prism and InterReach Spectrum distributed antenna systems (DAS) platforms for 4G upgrade services, allowing customers currently using 2G and 3G service to deliver more capacity in their networks. Using techniques such as multiple input/multiple output (MIMO), resectorization, and adding new frequencies, including 700 MHz and 2100 MHz AWS, TE maintains that the product lines are optizmized to drive new levels of capacity and service in stadiums, hospitality venues, subways, major enterprises and universities.
The company notes that MIMO is proving to be a popular upgrade in high-density user venues because it doubles network capacity today and provides a high-performance foundation for future upgrades such as 5G. Venues in the U.S. adding MIMO to their networks with TE equipment include: FedEx Field, Sports Authority Field, Target Field (pictured above), Austin and Anaheim Convention Centers, Dow Chemical, UCLA, Purdue University, and hospitality venues such as MGM’s Las Vegas resorts, the New York Hilton, the New York Palace Hotel, Palisades Mall and Walt Disney World.
Via a company press release, TE adds that its "DAS solutions are ideal for 4G upgrades because they use technology-agnostic electronics to distribute mobile signals. This means that mobile operators and venue owners can simply add a new base station interface to the DAS head-end and that signal is automatically distributed to remote antennas placed around the property. Venues offering MIMO service can upgrade by adding a base station for the second MIMO path and a second antenna at each location to deliver the service. Creating redundancy and optimizing capacity does not require an overlay system with additional cabling and DAS electronics."
“TE’s DAS products make it easy for our customers to stay up to date with ongoing changes in wireless infrastructure by upgrading with technologies such as MIMO,” comments Peter Wraight, president of TE’s Wireless business unit. “Our all-digital solutions provide a robust and cost-effective upgrade path for mobile operators and venue owners who want to continue to bring the highest quality of service to their subscribers and guests.”
TE's DAS products will be featured at CTIA Super Mobility Week in booth #3438 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 9-11, 2014.