RFS (Radio Frequency Systems), the wireless infrastructure specialist, is showing a range of advanced cellular solutions at the CTIA 2009 event (Central Hall, Booth 4836), spearheaded by its range of flexible and future-proof LTE (Long Term Evolution), 700MHz plus in-building solutions for carriers and major project wireless installers.
Central to these solutions is the company ethos of offering leading edge technology innovations, but with the important caveat of not leaving existing wireless topologies – and their users - behind.
The wireless industry, says Larry Heisler, RFS’ Director of Marketing and Product Management, is at the watershed stage of being able to offer solutions for high capacity next-generation voice and mobile data networks.
“At the same time, we are acutely aware that carriers must also support their legacy 2G and 3G customers whose equipment has several years of useful life left,” he said.
“It’s for this reason that we’re showing our range of newly-developed LTE solutions, as well as a family of 700MHz products, all of which are designed with both backwards and future compatibility in mind,” he added.
Backwards compatibility, says Heisler, is a prerequisite of any carrier’s LTE strategy, while future compatibility is going to be central to the needs of networks as they look for flexibility in the wireless solutions they install today, ready for the multiple possibilities that will unfold as the fledgling next-generation market develops.
Although LTE, especially at 700MHz, offers revenue opportunities in the shape of enhanced coverage in urban and rural areas, as well as improved in-building facilities, carriers’ plans for extending LTE into existing Cellular, PCS and AWS frequency ranges remain highly fluid.
“It’s for this reason that we’ve developed a range of LTE migration products that work with the base station and support multiple frequencies,” said Heisler, “These products solve a major problem for carriers – many if not most of their cell towers are full. Without these RFS products, carriers may have to build many new and expensive cell sites or rent more tower space.”
RFS’ LTE migration products can replace existing antennas with dual or multi-band units, but with the important feature of using little or no extra cell tower space.
This flexibility in meeting carrier’s needs at a time of great change in the wireless marketplace is carried through into the indoor coverage systems being shown at the CTIA event.
RFS’ family of indoor coverage technologies is designed for small, medium and large-scale wireless deployments, ranging from office buildings and atriums, all the way through the major campus and shopping mall applications.
The company’s ClearFill Space 1 and ClearFill Space 2 wireless indoor solutions, says Heisler, offer carriers and site installers a complete range of flexible options that help ensure wireless users receive the same service quality they have come to expect in outdoor city situations.
The ClearFill solution-set, he explained, consists of a modular mix of passive and active technologies that include a range of options for harnessing and distributing RF signals inside buildings, internal open spaces and tunnels.
This places RFS in the unique position to deliver complete wireless indoor networking solutions – ranging from passive distributed antenna systems right through to fiber-fed and off-air repeaters – all tailored for the exact size and shape of the structures to be covered.
“Wireless technology is now more than two decades old and, as a result, technically sophisticated consumers are becoming accustomed to high quality voice and mobile data coverage whether they are in city, urban and country areas,” he said.
“The range of technology solutions being shown at CTIA 2009 will allow carriers to meet these expectations, both indoors and out, and ensure that both leading-edge plus legacy technology customers get the best possible levels of service from their chosen carrier. And as everyone in wireless knows, a satisfied customer is less likely to churn to another carrier, which is a must if the industry is to generate the revenues needed to support effective migration to new cellular technologies,” he added.
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Trademarks: Radio Frequency Systems® and RFS® are registered trademarks of Radio Frequency Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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 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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Eric Mariette, VP Global Marketing & Strategy, Radio Frequency Systems
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