—The All-Digital CommScope Era Enables Baseband Centralization and
Virtualization for Major Space and Fiber Cable Savings—
HICKORY, N.C. -- (Business Wire)
The vision for future wireless network architectures is built on
centralized baseband processing and virtualized network functions for
more efficient and flexible operation. CommScope
is making that future vision a reality for in-building wireless by
introducing a next generation platform, CommScope Era™.
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CommScope Era enables operators to deploy a centralized headend that serves multiple buildings, or even to tap capacity from the operator’s existing C-RAN hubs. (Graphic: Business Wire)
Era is an all-digital C-RAN antenna system that leverages wireless
operators’ initiatives to centralize and virtualize baseband radio
assets, a foundational design concept for 5G
Era enables operators to deploy a centralized headend that serves
multiple buildings, or even to tap capacity from the operator’s existing
centralized radio access network (C-RAN) hubs. Era’s innovative
Wide-area Integration Node (WIN) resides in the C-RAN hub and routes
baseband capacity to a distribution point within the served building or
campus. Era allocates baseband capacity where it is needed while
reducing the amount of onsite head-end equipment and the amount of fiber
needed for signal transport by up to 90 percent.
“We have invested heavily to create an all-digital platform architecture
that upends the economics of in-building wireless and ushers in a new
era and standard for distributed antenna systems,” said Matt Melester,
senior vice president, Distributed Coverage and Capacity Solutions,
CommScope. “CommScope Era will be a key enabler for network
densification in LTE Advanced, Gigabit LTE and 5G.”
CommScope holds 164 patent families for the technological innovations
incorporated in Era. CommScope Era’s all-digital architecture enables
capabilities that analog DAS simply cannot. Capacity re-allocation, soft
re-sectorization, system setup and diagnostics are all software
functions in Era, capable of being changed with a few clicks of a mouse.
Era also transports Gigabit Ethernet backhaul to each remote node, which
can be used for separate Wi-Fi networks, IP security systems or to
support a small cell overlay needed for future network expansion.
Era features a new family of access points that are available in a range
of power levels, with copper and fiber connectivity and outdoor and
plenum ratings, to serve a wide variety of venue types. It supports interleaved
MIMO (multiple input/multiple output) using patented technology that
can offer up to 80 percent of collocated MIMO speeds over a SISO (single
input/single output) infrastructure. Era uses IT-standard copper and
fiber-optic infrastructure and allows for the sharing of existing fiber
networks, significantly reducing fiber costs.
“New systems like CommScope Era respond to operators’ needs for options
that will make in-building wireless more affordable for building owners
and commercial real estate companies,” said Kyung Mun, principal
analyst, Mobile Experts. “Driving down costs and barriers to in-building
wireless implementation will be critical for supporting the emerging
demand for connected smart buildings.”
CommScope Era is built on the all-digital architecture pioneered and
proven in the company’s ION-E® distributed antenna system. ION-E
is CommScope’s IT-friendly enterprise mobility solution that is still an
exceptional choice for many enterprise deployments. Existing ION-E
systems can be software-upgraded to be interoperable with Era.
CommScope will show the new CommScope Era™ C-RAN antenna system in its
stand 2J30 at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Hall 2.
Era™ C-RAN Antenna System
CommScope Era is a trademark of CommScope, Inc. ION-E and ION are
registered trademarks of CommScope, Inc.
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global team of greater than 20,000 employees, innovators and
technologists have empowered customers in all regions of the world to
anticipate what’s next and push the boundaries of what’s possible.
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