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Andrew Unveils Strategies for The Next Generation Network

  • Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009
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  • Author: pradhana
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  • Filed under: LTE, WiMax

CommunicAsia 2009, Singapore, June 15, 2009—Despite ongoing global economic struggles, wireless technologies, networks and business opportunities continue to evolve at a good pace.

As wireless operators and global OEMs look toward HSPA+ and next generation network technologies such as LTE and WiMAX, they are faced with three critical challenges today that can be helped solved by Andrew Solutions, the CommScope, Inc. division that is a global leader in wireless communication systems and products.

Andrew Fuels OpEx Savings with Network Growth
Especially today, reducing operating costs is critical to an operator’s business health. Andrew offers a suite of network optimization solutions that work together to help limit site maintenance and manpower needs while managing and optimizing the network. For example, the remote cell site control and monitoring solution, OneBase InSite™, remotely audits network performance, sends alerts, and provides operators unprecedented control over remote electrical tilt antennas, amplifiers, thermostats, batteries and power levels. And Andrew’s SmartBeam® antenna systems continuously re-balance traffic across all sectors, reducing energy consumption.

“Andrew knows its customers face intense cost pressures and is devising innovative technologies to help manage such concerns,” said Ben Cardwell, vice president of Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific, Andrew. “Andrew’s solutions are not just for enabling wireless communications but for making them better and more profitable.”

Going Green Benefits Environment and Bottom LineLike most companies and global citizens today, wireless operators are looking at ways to “go green” and decrease their environmental impact. One major place to start is energy consumption and backup power. Andrew recognized this early on, which led to the development of its EcoPower™ hydrogen fuel cell cabinet solution that eliminates the need for lead acid batteries and diesel generators. Andrew’s integrated cabinets for wireless networks include high-efficiency cooling technologies, which drastically reduces energy consumption. And the company’s high efficiency power amplifiers almost double the efficiency levels of previously designed models, meaning more energy gets used by the network instead of being lost as heat.

“Energy saving historically has not been top priority during network design, but the drive toward lowering operating costs is changing that mindset,” said Anil Trehan, chief technology officer, Carrier Solutions, Andrew. “Fortunately for operators, energy efficiency products and design techniques generally lead to operating cost savings in addition to decreasing environmental impact.”

Andrew Leads into the Next Generation Networks
Andrew has already been awarded multiple LTE and WiMAX product development projects by operators and OEMs around the world to help in answering the question of how to deploy these technologies. Andrew’s skills move beyond products into conceptualizing and implementing overall network designs.

The company’s engineers and skilled field technicians helped wireless operators overlay third generation networks on previous standards, which they will continue to do for LTE. Managing the challenges of intermodulation distortion, signal interference, and coverage and capacity constraints requires a holistic approach that accounts for the entire access network site. With a comprehensive product portfolio, years of field experience, close customer relationships, expert engineers and designers, and a stable, global presence, fixing such problems is exactly what Andrew does.

“Andrew has supported every wireless technology since AMPS and will continue to do so with LTE, WiMAX and beyond,” said Cardwell. “More importantly, our team of experts knows how to design, rollout, optimize, and manage a network that satisfies customer demands and operator needs. We solve problems for our customers.” Insa/PR

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