AlanDick, the broadcast, cellular, radar, enterprise and communications infrastructure specialist, has developed a low cost and highly efficient minimum visual impact cellular antenna solution for urban and rural environments.
Known as The NEST, and forming the flagship of AlanDick’s NEST range of products for the cellular industry, the new antenna system has been designed to be visually attractive, as well as cost effective.
This is achieved by the skilful use of a cylindrical outer radome shield plus a combination of RF systems and mounting hardware that helps operators minimise the installation and ongoing service costs associated with their urban and/or rural network deployments.
Available in single and triple sector editions – known, respectively, as the SS5 Series and the TSO Series – each NEST system includes all necessary mounting hardware, as well as the support pole, as standard.
In a typical single sector configuration, the SS5 Series is provided with a cellular antenna, power amplifier and associated interconnect cables, as well as the mounting hardware and support pole.
The stylish cylindrical shape of the radome on the SS5 Series shields a combination of RF systems and mounting hardware that helps to minimise the cost of installing and serving these types of structure.
The TSO Series, meanwhile, despite its technical complexity and triple sector technology, also comes in a visually attractive outer radome that typically shields three cellular antennas and associated power amplifiers, along with the required interconnects.
A key feature of The NEST family is that each system is modular, allowing up to three systems to be stacked on top of each other.
This modular approach is clearly illustrated by the MW NEST, which takes an integrated approach with the inclusion of a microwave dish on the lower side of the assembly.
Easy maintenance of both single and stacked NEST systems is the order of the day, with the additional attraction of close integration with AlanDick’s wide range antennas and power amplifiers, where these additional systems are required.
“The NEST represents a leading edge design for both urban and rural network infrastructure deployments,” said Ben Patullo, AlanDick’s RF products manager, who added that the systems can be used on both a rooftop standalone basis, as well as part of a slimline monopole installation.
“The all-inclusive approach of both of these systems is representative of the company’s total turnkey approach to providing value-for-money solutions for our cellular carrier customers,” he said.
The low-cost deployment and easy maintenance approach of The NEST, says Patullo, means that the system is suitable for low ARPU (average revenue per user) network deployments.
“The arrival of GSM 450 and WCDMA 800 technology in some markets in the last few months, which features increased distances between base stations, means that low ARPU areas that would previously have not been viable for network rollouts, are now coming into the GSM fold,” he said.
“As our colleagues on the hardware front move to support these new technologies, our approach with The NEST series will help operators trim their network installation and ongoing maintenance costs, and so ensure the success of new network deployments,” he added.
The low-cost approach of The NEST antenna systems also makes them suitable for network rollouts into GSM 900, DCS 1800, PCS 1900 and UMTS 2100 areas that would previously have been treated as having too low a return on investment (ROI) to justify cellular coverage.
This price advantage was clearly shown, says Patullo, when AlanDick showed off prototypes of its NEST family of products at PTExpo China last year, gaining high levels of interest from several major telecommunication providers.
The NEST family is already in active use at various sites in Malaysia, notably at the Open University in Kuala Lumpur, and in Australia.
“Our NEST deployments at Turramurra, Sydney are also attracting interest from potential customers. We expect healthy sales of these low-cost solutions across our entire Asia-Pacific region,” said Patullo.
About AlanDick Group
The AlanDick group of companies operates 59 offices in 33 countries and employs over 2,800 people.
It is viewed as the world leader in its sector, providing communication network infrastructure solutions in markets such as, cellular, broadcast, radar/surveillance and enterprise wireless.
The group was established in 1971 and its current annualised turnover in 2004/2005 exceeded $300 million.
With its offices spread across 5 continents AlanDick is a world-class organisation which, for its mobile network operator clients, plans, designs, deploys, develops, maintains, manages, supports, integrates & optimises communication networks across the globe.
With over 30 years experience in global communication infrastructure, AlanDick provides innovative products, services and solutions to support the highest standards of performance and reliability demanded by international network operators, service operators, service providers, technology manufacturers & integrators.
The company’s client list reads like the Who’s Who of the world’s cellular network operators.
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