CommScope enters fixed wireless market

CommScope is joining the fixed wireless access market with the introduction of a new integrated antenna solution based on xRAN open interface specifications, the company said.

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 an attractive 5G radio/antenna solution that supports millimeter-wave spectrum and works on a completely virtualized 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 highly flexible 5G access network.

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 virtualized network functions for fixed wireless access applications.

CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) helps design, build and manage wired and wireless networks around the world.