CommScope introduces in-building wireless platform

CommScope has introduced a next generation platform, CommScope Eraâ„¢ for in-building wireless, the company said.

CommScope Era is an all-digital C-RAN antenna system that leverages wireless operators´ initiatives to centralize and virtualize baseband radio assets, a foundational design concept for 5G networks.

Era enables operators to deploy a centralized headend that serves multiple buildings, or even to tap capacity from the operator´s existing centralized radio access network (C-RAN) hubs. Era´s innovative Wide-area Integration Node (WIN) resides in the C-RAN hub and routes baseband capacity to a distribution point within the served building or campus. Era allocates baseband capacity where it is needed while reducing the amount of onsite head-end equipment and the amount of fiber needed for signal transport by up to 90 percent.

CommScope holds 164 patent families for the technological innovations incorporated in Era. CommScope Era´s all-digital architecture enables capabilities that analog DAS simply cannot. Capacity re-allocation, soft re-sectorization, system setup and diagnostics are all software functions in Era, capable of being changed with a few clicks of a mouse. Era also transports Gigabit Ethernet backhaul to each remote node, which can be used for separate Wi-Fi networks, IP security systems or to support a small cell overlay needed for future network expansion.

Era features a new family of access points that are available in a range of power levels, with copper and fiber connectivity and outdoor and plenum ratings, to serve a wide variety of venue types. It supports interleaved MIMO (multiple input/multiple output) using patented technology that can offer up to 80 percent of collocated MIMO speeds over a SISO (single input/single output) infrastructure. Era uses IT-standard copper and fiber-optic infrastructure and allows for the sharing of existing fiber networks, significantly reducing fiber costs.

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