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19-Mar-2007 Print page

Quadruple-play inspires RFS tower-top convergence suite

Converged tower-top solutions--and their ability to meet the increasing performance demands of emerging quadruple-play applications--will be the main theme for leading wireless solutions group, Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), at the 2007 CTIA Wireless exhibition. To be unveiled at the exhibition, RFS’s new tower-top suite represents a unique convergence of advanced RF passive and active, control and monitoring, and mounting and assembly solutions.

Speaking in the run-up to the Orlando, Florida exhibition, RFS Director of Marketing and Product Management, Larry Heisler, noted the escalating national interest in so-called ‘quadruple play’ service mixes. This, he said, has enormous implications for the wireless industry in general, and the tower top in particular.

“The introduction of ‘mobility’ into the multi-play mix is a hugely important step,” said Heisler. “The ability to access voice, Internet, and television/video without being tethered to a fixed point via cable is hugely attractive to subscribers and carriers alike--it is the ultimate convergence outcome.”

Supporting such a diverse range of broadband wireless services will require a quantum leap in RF network coverage, performance and day-to-day management. “There is an immediate need for far greater sophistication in tower-top solutions--optimally matched blends of antenna, mounting system, RF conditioning, tower-top control and monitoring, and transmission line solutions. RFS is one of the few companies in the country able to offer such an advanced tower-top RF portfolio. Key elements of our ‘convergence’ solution set will be on display at our booth at CTIA Wireless 2007.”

Central to RFS’s exhibit at CTIA Wireless 2007 will be its all new tower-top control and monitoring solution set--the RFS AISG v2.0 system. Fully compliant with the latest revision of the open communications standard of the Antenna Interface Standards Group (AISG), the RFS AISG v2.0 system empowers carriers to cost-effectively optimize their networks in real-time. Representing the premium optimization solution for third-generation (3G) wireless applications, the RFS AISG v2.0 suite comprises all key antenna line elements. Importantly, as AISG v2.0 is ratified by the ‘Third Generation Partnership Project’ (3GPP), the RFS AISGv2.0 suite is ideal for UMTS deployments.

The RFS AISG v2.0 suite is the central component of RFS’s comprehensive AWS-band solution set, which will be presented by RFS at CTIA Wireless 2007. The set incorporates the company’s new Optimizer ‘S-Series’ suite of broadband PCS/AWS-band base station antennas, tower-mount amplifiers (TMAs), transmission line solutions, RF conditioning and network management tools--all tailored to suit the AWS band. Complementing this will be RFS’s microwave backhaul solution set, designed to aid incumbent AWS-band carriers in their relocation.

The Orlando expo will also see RFS exhibit its integrated cluster system--a remarkably slim tri-sector arrangement of RFS Optimizer antennas, with associated TMAs, antenna control units, jumpers and connectors all hidden from view. In addition, the company will provide CTIA Wireless 2007 attendees with a ‘sneak preview’ of its ‘in-development’ WiMAX remote radio head (RRH). Designed to provide transmit output power of 4 watts per channel, the new unit boasts a total package volume of just 10 liters (one-third cubic foot) and weight of only 10kg (22 pounds).

To learn more of RFS’s ‘convergence’ solution set, visit RFS at CTIA Wireless 2007: Booth 3763, Hall B, West Building, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida (March 27 to 29, 2007).

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