February 9, 2015
CommScope said today it has devised a new concealment offering that will make deployment of metro cells on street poles easier, a key consideration as operators push to increase wireless network capacity by installing small cell sites in urban areas.
The Metro Cell Concealment Solution contains a two-piece design for mounting all the necessary equipment for metro cell operation. Two enclosures can mount and hide radios, antennas, backhaul termination (wireline or wireless), back-up batteries and other equipment on street poles in units that are more structurally balanced and easier to permit, the company said in a release.
“The key to successful metro cell deployments is making the equipment as inconspicuous as possible and installing it at just the right location in dense urban areas,” said Stan Catey, the firm’s senior vice president and general manager of cable products.
According to Commscope, it can be:
* Installed without ground-based cabinets and rights of way—the two enclosures occupy much less space than what is allowed in most local requirements.
* Rapidly assembled using a unique mounting system—much of the intricate assembly involving power, filtering and cabling can be performed offsite.
* Installed in a single work shift, minimizing on-street disruption and the opportunity for error.
* Installed to support multiple radio technologies or a second network operator, if required.
The company plans to demonstrate the system next month at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona.