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Area Contact Peter Krause Manager Marketing Communications +49 511 676 3282
02-Dec-2013 Print page

Innovative LTE Network Enablers Showcased at AfricaCom 2013

With more LTE deployments planned for Africa every day, operators at AfricaCom 2013 on November 12-14 in Cape Town, South Africa were looking for the most effective way to optimize their launch strategy and get the biggest return on their LTE network investment.

In most areas of Africa there are restrictions on new cell tower deployments. To share space on existing towers, operators must engineer their networks to deal with RF interference, and the challenges imposed by weight and wind load allowances. They must also consider future requirements, because replacing or adding antennas to accommodate different technologies or frequencies can increase costs and reduce margins.

Multiband Antennas Reduce Tower Weight and Wind Load
RFS multiband antennas enable operators to reduce tower and wind load, and the total number of visible antennas from two — and sometimes three or four — to just one. This is achieved by co-locating multiple cross-polarized antennas within a single, antenna-sized radome.

Maximum flexibility at a tower site is provided by RFS CompactLine® ultra-low profile microwave antennas, which deliver high performance in a light, compact, easy-to-deploy and install package. They are available in single- and dual-polarized configurations, include three wideband models, and provide best-in-class radiation patterns that reduce interference and enable easier configuration.

Innovative Cabling Streamlines Base Station Operations
All RFS antennas are supported by the innovative HYBRIFLEX™ hybrid cabling solution, which combines optical fiber and DC power for Remote Radio Heads (RRHs) in a single, highly flexible, lightweight aluminum corrugated cable. HYBRIFLEX eliminates the need for traditional, multi-cable designs and provides the cabling expenditure reductions, ease-of-installation and operational efficiency mobile operators need to evolve their networks while limiting their power consumption and carbon footprint at cellular sites.

Colocation Filters Maximize System Capacity and Performance
Finally, RFS offers colocation filters that eliminate RF interference caused by multiple antennas on a single tower. These filters maintain appropriate isolation for colocated base stations, remove unwanted carrier frequencies, and provide operators in Africa with flexible site acquisition options for any LTE deployment.


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About RFS
Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) is a global designer and manufacturer of cable, antenna and tower systems, plus active and passive RF conditioning modules, providing total-package solutions for outdoor and indoor wireless infrastructure.

RFS serves OEMs, distributors, system integrators, operators and installers in the broadcast, wireless communications, land-mobile and microwave market sectors. As an ISO compliant organization with manufacturing and customer service facilities that span the globe, RFS offers cutting-edge engineering capabilities, superior field support and innovative product design. RFS is a leader in wireless infrastructure.

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