CommScope has said it is joining the fixed wireless access market with the introduction of a new integrated antenna solution based on xRAN open interface specifications.
According to the vendor, 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 said it has developed an attractive 5G radio/antenna solution that supports millimeter-wave spectrum and works on a completely virtualised baseband with an open interface. The company said the 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 highly flexible 5G access network.
"Our integrated antenna will enable the full capabilities of 5G millimeter-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."
Fixed wireless access is a method for delivering broadband internet access, voice and video services to homes or businesses without a wired connection and is one of the first 5G use cases. With CommScope's new solution, wireless operators can use commercial off-the-shelf servers to trial virtualised network functions for fixed wireless access applications.