CommScope is joining the fixed wireless access market with the introduction of a new integrated antenna solution based on xRAN open interface specifications.
The open interface allows wireless operators to mix and match radio access network (RAN) hardware from multiple vendors to more flexibly address varying requirements.
CommScope has developed a 5G radio/antenna solution that supports millimetre-wave spectrum and works on a virtualised baseband with an open interface. This solution integrates a beamforming active antenna array operating at 28 GHz and will be available for trial with a third-party baseband platform to create a high performance and flexible 5G access network.
“Our integrated antenna will enable the full capabilities of 5G millimetre-wave spectrum bands while offering maximum flexibility in an evolving air-interface environment,” said Farid Firouzbakht, senior vice president, RF Products, CommScope.
“As a contributing member to the xRAN organisation, we endorse the benefits of an open baseband interface for enabling more innovation in the wireless marketplace.”
With CommScope’s new solution, wireless operators can use commercial off-the-shelf servers to trial virtualised network functions for fixed wireless access applications.
The new CommScope solution includes a base station antenna with full 120-degree beam-steering of four independent MIMO ports, using a CommScope patented 256-element antenna array; and an integrated remote radio unit with effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) in a compact enclosure of less than 10 liters volume, passively cooled and optimised to fit within concealment solutions.
CommScope has also developed a sophisticated testing facility for the development of 5G related millimetre antenna technology. Located near Dallas, Texas, this automated far field anechoic testing chamber is capable of completely automated millimetre wave beamforming calibration and ready for trials of 5G massive MIMO systems.