CommScope Offers High Performance in a Smaller Antenna Size with Microwave Antenna Solution
Andrew Packs More Backhaul Power in Smaller Microwave Antenna
—New One Meter ValuLine Vision Antenna Offers Performance Similar to Standard 1.2 Meter Antenna—
Wireless operators continue to grapple with how best to enlarge their backhaul networks to accommodate ever-increasing voice and data traffic while reducing capital and operating costs. Andrew Solutions, the CommScope, Inc. division that is a global leader in wireless communication systems and products, steps in yet again with a new microwave antenna solution that offers high performance in a smaller antenna size.
The Andrew ValuLine Vision™ one-meter microwave backhaul antenna with its robust electrical design enables radiation pattern performance and gain levels that are similar to a 1.2 meter antenna and compliant to the highest regulatory standards. This means that:
- Substantial CapEx and OpEx reductions should materialize,
- Many 1.2m antenna links can now be closed with the new 1m antenna, and
- High gain is achievable with a smaller size antenna.
The antenna’s smaller size and improved physical design translate into the following:
- Lower freight and storage costs
- Less tower loading
- Lower tower leasing costs
- Easier installation
- Lower price
“Overwhelmingly positive enthusiasm—that’s the reaction from the largest microwave antenna customers with whom we have discussed this new one-meter antenna,” said Andrew’s John Cole, director of product line management, Microwave Products. “One of the selling points of microwave backhaul is cost-effectiveness, and offering high gain and superior performance in a smaller antenna size is definitely cost-effective.”
The Andrew ValuLine Vision one-meter antenna’s innovative mount design gives unencumbered access to the rear of the antenna, making radio equipment and waveguide cable installation easier. The mount allows for gradual adjustments, simplifying antenna alignment even under adverse conditions. Andrew’s design innovations include a lower volume shipping package that also helps reduce freight and storage costs. Andrew’s ValuLine Vision antenna is made to withstand winds up to 250 kilometers per hour and boasts radiation pattern performance that exceeds ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) Class 3 performance.
Andrew’s ValuLine Vision one-meter antenna will be available from the company’s four microwave manufacturing facilities worldwide. Single and dual polarized models are available. The new antenna will support customer radios and couplers, as required.
ValuLine is a registered trademark and ValuLine Vision is a trademark of CommScope, Inc.
CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV – www.commscope.com) is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication networks. Through its Andrew Solutions™ brand, it is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem solutions for wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX® and Uniprise® brands, CommScope is a world leader in network infrastructure solutions, delivering a complete end-to-end physical layer solution, including cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network design services, for business enterprise applications. CommScope also is the premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband cable television networks and one of the leading North American providers of environmentally secure cabinets for DSL and FTTN applications. Backed by strong research and development, CommScope combines technical expertise and proprietary technology with global manufacturing capability to provide customers with infrastructure solutions for evolving global communications networks in more than 130 countries around the world.