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CommScope antenna system addresses support for multiple networks

Veronica C. Silva | Jan. 4, 2013
New wideband antenna system helps operators save on investment.

CommScope announced a new wideband antenna system that can help operators save on their infrastructure cost by preparing for today's and future network standards.

CommScope claims that its ultra-wideband antenna, the Argus UltraBand, is the first in the market to support multiple frequency bands and technology standards, thus maximising investment costs. This antenna system is ideal for network operators as this allows them to offer different standards, such as LTE and W-CDMA, using a single antenna, while preparing for other network standards or frequencies that may be available in the future. 

"The UltraBand antenna is a dynamic, future-ready solution for launching a high performance wireless network with multiple air interface technologies using multiple frequency bands," said Navin Vohra, vice president, wireless sales, Asia Pacific and India, CommScope. "The ability to deploy a flexible, scalable and independently optimised antenna technology simplifies the network while providing the operator with the maximum degree of future-ready capacity."

CommScope said the Argus UltraBand can support the four major air-interface standards in almost any wireless frequency range. CommScope first came out with its first ultra-wideband antenna a year ago but it was capable of supporting only four higher frequency bands used in cellular systems. Argus UltraBand supports an additional five lower frequency bands for a total of nine frequency bands across the wireless spectrum for different standards across the globe.

Investment protection

Vohra said operators' investment in Argus UltraBand is protected as it is ready for standards and bands that will emerge in the future. "UltraBand protects operators from some of the uncertainty inherent in wireless technology evolution," said Vohra.

Construction-wise, CommScope said its ultraband antenna is more cost-effective because it eliminates having to deploy new antenna equipment for each wireless standard. Having multiple antenna systems is more complicated to install and maintain, said CommScope.

The UltraBand antenna system uses "pattern-shaping technologies" developed by Argus Technologies, which CommScope acquired in 2011. 


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