Guest Blogs

The 5 Biggest Myths Around Base Station Antennas

Dr. Mohammed Nadder Hamdy, Director, Wireless Network Engineering

Base station antennas are like closed boxes that we rarely get a chance to look inside. They canít be opened without getting damaged, and their size and weight makes them difficult to display inside offices. Despite significant technological advancements on the inside of the box, we still see only the same shaped box from the outside. This could be one of the reasons behind many misperceptions surrounding their function, which have turned into myths over time. Letís explore some of the most common myths related to these mysterious boxes, revealing a few of the industryís best-kept secrets. Continue reading

The Unexpected Cost of Low Cost Microwave Antennas

By Donald Gardner | CommScope

Microwave antennas form an essential part of modern mobile communication networks, providing the majority of backhaul provision between cell sites and core networks. In common with the rest of the network, there is a lot of pressure to minimize the costs of microwave network rollout. Some choose to do this through the use of cheap antennas; however, this can actually cost more in the long-run when the total cost of ownership (TCO) is considered. Let me explain by first reviewing some of the factors that drive cost in a microwave antenna. Continue reading

Major Trends for Outdoor Cell Sites

By Ben Cardwell, Senior Vice President, Wireless | CommScope

The wireless network industry is in the middle of the 4G technology cycle with the biggest LTE coverage build-outs largely done. Network operators are now in the phase of adding capacity to those networks. The industry is also starting the evolution to virtualized wireless networks. The 5G vision is fuzzy, but there are three primary trends in the outdoor radio access network (RAN) market: densification, virtualization and optimization. Continue reading

Blog Contributors Needed for 2016

Share Your Expertise. Antenna Systems & Technology is looking for knowledgeable professionals in the antenna industry whoíd like to contribute to our online community in 2016 by writing a blog to be featured on the website and eNewsletter. Contributors can submit as often as they choose (1x, weekly, monthly, etc). Continue reading

DAS Anywhere and Everywhere

By†Robert Salutric†| CommScope

Beyond office buildings and stadiums, distributed antenna systems (DAS) are called upon to deliver wireless coverage and capacity in many different environments. In this blog, Iíll look at some unique environments and the attributes and deployment procedures that have adapted DAS for these applications. Continue reading

Hiding a DAS

By Tyler Hanson | CommScope

As DAS deployments spread through cities and suburbs, city councils are increasingly requiring that DAS equipment be hidden from view. Residents donít want to see utility infrastructure so municipalities resist attachments on poles. And itís not just outdoor wireless access getting the stink eye Ė inside of buildings, occupants object to having a forest of bulging antennas popping out of the ceilings. Continue reading

Have DAS Your Way

By John Spindler | TE Connectivity

As approaches to distributed antenna systems (DAS) have evolved over the years, there have been several technology bandwagons onto which vendors have climbed. But these days a DAS can easily be configured to meet the needs of the use case. All of this is good news for DAS buyers. Continue reading