Powerwave Announces New Solutions for European 2600 MHz LTE 4G Network Build Out
Multi-band Support and Integrated Components Optimize Tower Real Estate, Lower Network Costs and Power Consumption, While Delivering Improved Aesthetics
GSMA Mobile World Congress 2010, BARCELONA, Booth 8b109 - Feb. 15, 2010 -
Powerwave Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PWAV), a global leader in end-to-end wireless coverage and capacity solutions, today announced a number of new wireless antenna and base station subsystem solutions to address the needs of European operations deploying 4G 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) service at the 2600 MHz spectrum.
The products introduced include new single- and multi-port antennas optimized for 2.6 GHz LTE deployments, a new 2.6 GHz LTE, DCS and UMTS Triplexer Cross-band Combiner, and a new Twin 2.6 GHz LTE Tower Mounted Amplifier.
“Powerwave has been recognized in the industry for its vision in advancing the future of mobile broadband through the development of innovative LTE solutions,” said Khurram P. Sheikh, chief product and development officer, Powerwave Technologies, Inc. “Our new products for 2.6 GHz LTE deployments are designed to address several challenges faced by operators. By providing integrated components that support multiple frequency bands and multiple wireless protocols, Powerwave’s offerings reduce the overall tower real estate requirements and network costs and reduce power consumption by eliminating extraneous components and cabling. This also results in a smaller, more compact footprint for improved aesthetics. Additionally, Powerwave’s new 2.6 GHz LTE offerings help ensure interworking with legacy 2G and 3G networks, which is essential in dense metropolitan areas.
“Our portfolio of 4G LTE infrastructure products – including antennas, TMAs, MCPAs and radio heads, along with our service and software solutions – are designed to reduce deployment costs and complexity, and provide network operators with a distinct time-to-market advantage.”
Single- and Multi-port Antennas Optimized for 2.6 GHz LTE Deployments
Offering high efficiency, low interference, and superior gain per length, Powerwave’s new family of single- and multi-port antennas cover the 2300-2700 MHz frequency band, enabling EMEA operators to quickly and cost-effectively deploy new services leveraging 4G LTE.
Key features include Powerwave’s integrated remote electrical tilt (iRET) functionality under one antenna radome, which delivers maximum performance, improved aesthetics, and eliminates installation and reliability issues that can occur with typical exterior remote electrical tilt modules. iRET can save operators operating costs because of reduced costs of tower climbs, lease additions and overall site visits.
Further setting Powerwave antennas apart are the products’ ability to provide consistent performance across frequency bands and down tilts via Powerwave’s patented Aperture Coupled Patch technology, ensuring consistent performance over the entire band and the elimination of dead zones, and reducing the total cost of ownership since operators can cover more area with fewer cell sites. The Aperture Coupled Patch also offers superior azimuth tracking, translating into less optimization needed by the network.
Additionally, the antennas boast superior upper side lobe suppression for reduced site-to-site interference – a critical requirement for 4G networks. This advanced design enables operators to boost capacity by reusing frequencies at adjacent sites. Powerwave antennas also offer high efficiency – as much as one dB in gain above competing offerings.
2.6 GHz LTE, DCS and UMTS Triplexer
Powerwave’s LTE Triplexer is a three channel (1710-1880 MHz/1920-2170 MHz/2300-2690 MHz) multi-port cross-band combiner that allows European 2.6 GHz 4G LTE signals to be combined onto a common antenna or cable feed line with existing DCS and/or UMTS 2G/3G systems. Ultra efficient, the LTE Diplexer offers one of the industry’s lowest guaranteed insertion loss levels and highest guaranteed RF power handling, along with leading isolation and inter modulation distortion for optimum signal quality.
Optional DC Auto-Sense enables the product to meet multiple site needs irrespective of DC/AISG feed options from different base transceiver stations. Additional options include sniffer (coupler) port and Layer 1 AISG parallel-to-serial internal embedded modem, which allows for a convenient and low-cost method to connect the AISG Master Control Unit to the feed line – eliminating the need for separate external Current Injector Layer One Converter (CILOC) and Power Distribution Unit (PDU) components.
Twin 2.6 GHz LTE Tower Mounted Amplifier
Powerwave is also introducing a new Twin 2.6 GHz Tower Mounted Amplifier, which has been updated to support forthcoming 2500-2570 MHz LTE frequencies in EMEA. The TMA improves base station receive sensitivity, reducing dropped call rates and improving uplink data rates, for an improved user experience.
The new offering builds on Powerwave’s reputation of offering the most field-proven TMA design in the industry with more than 1.7 million installed since 1994, providing customers with a low total cost of ownership over the life of the product. With a balanced amplifier design and bypass functionality, Powerwave TMAs offer the highest level of performance and reliability in the smallest available package size and lowest weight. This industry-leading compact footprint reduces installation costs and complexity by minimizing tower loading.
About Powerwave Technologies
A global leader in end-to-end wireless coverage and capacity solutions, Powerwave Technologies, Inc. offers cutting edge wireless infrastructure to address the demands of enterprise and commercial customers. Powerwave offers a comprehensive suite of solutions, including Antennas, Base Station Solutions and Coverage Solutions. Powerwave’s product line supports all wireless network protocols and frequencies including Next Generation Networks in 4G technology such as WiMAX and LTE. Powerwave solutions, products and services also help wireless operators and OEMs reduce capital and operating expenses, speed rollout of services, improve coverage and capacity, and reduce environmental impact. For more information, visit us at http://www.powerwave.com/. Powerwave, Powerwave Technologies and the Powerwave logo are registered trademarks of Powerwave Technologies, Inc.
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