In Asia, ADC touts 4G wireless transition

June 16, 2010
At CommunicAsia 2010 (June 15-18), ADC stated that its wireless precision coverage and capacity products are designed to significantly ease the way for wireless service providers seeking to migrate to 4G services such as WiMAX and LTE.

SINGAPORE -- At this week's CommunicAsia 2010 (June 15-18), ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) announced that its wireless precision coverage and capacity solutions portfolio is designed to significantly ease the way for wireless service providers seeking to migrate their networks to provide 4G services such as WiMAX and LTE. At the show, held in Singapore, the company says it is showing how platforms such as its FlexWave Prism and InterReach Fusion provide the network architecture flexibility to speed 4G rollouts while reducing the cost to build and operate legacy and next-generation networks.

ADC says its wireless precision coverage and capacity solutions allow mobile operators to provide ubiquitous, high-quality 3G and 4G services at a savings of over 30 percent compared to simply deploying fixed-location, single-purpose base stations (BTS) alone. As the proliferation of smartphones and other bandwidth-intensive mobile devices has made clear, 3G and 4G users demand far more data from the mobile network than today’s wireless infrastructure was designed to provide.

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During CommunicAsia 2010, ADC’s microcellular network solutions will be displayed including:

-- FlexWave Prism, which offers the benefits of distributed antennas with the capabilities of a remote radio head to deliver 2G, 3G, and 4G services in tunnels, subways, on university campuses, in suburbs and in urban canyons. The need for small-cell topology to deliver 4G services in these environments requires a Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) solution that brings the next-generation signals closer to the subscriber while supporting legacy voice and data systems, contends the company. Signal strength is the major factor for delivering the performance promises of 4G technology. The company says that FlexWave Prism accomplishes these things and offers more than 30 percent CAPEX and OPEX savings, on average, compared to a traditional cell-site build; and

-- InterReach Fusion in-building DAS, an in-building antenna system. Using an active architecture with standard structured cabling to deliver wireless signals in facilities of any size, InterReach Fusion ensures high and uniform signal strength at every antenna location in enterprises and large venues. In addition, ADC offers a full range of cell site solutions that address backhaul coverage and capacity challenges faced by mobile operators today as they upgrade their networks to deliver advanced 3G and 4G broadband services. These solutions include ADC’s fiber connectivity portfolio and wireless DAS products.

ADC notes that some industry analysts claim that operators and enterprises can simply deploy picoBTS or microBTS to deliver the needed capacity and coverage improvements. However, using small radios in this manner alone is extremely expensive and operationally complex because thousands of these units may be required even for a single urban area to serve the mix of services (2G, 3G, 4G) and frequencies that any given mobile operator has today. ADC says it has demonstrated that deploying more multi-purpose access nodes throughout an area at a relatively low cost enables operators to deploy far fewer macro cell sites, substantially reducing deployment, backhaul and management costs.

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”Our solutions de-couple capacity from coverage, making it possible for mobile operators to optimize their investments in base station capacity and backhaul while extending coverage to a far greater area than the base station alone could reach,” said Dick Parran, president of Network Solutions business unit for ADC. “By coupling a small base station with our DAS products, operators can provide their full complement of services while maximizing the spectral assets to any indoor or outdoor area without the expense of multiple backhaul connections or complex multi-cell maintenance.”

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