Infotech Lead Asia: CommScope has upgraded its ION platform into a plug-and-play solution.
The upgrade is primarily aimed at eliminating the complexity of integrating a distributed antenna system (DAS) into a macro wireless network.
The main benefit to wireless network operators is that they can plan, deploy and optimize a DAS more quickly and efficiently and at a lower total cost of ownership.
The company has launched ION-U in North America.
CommScope expects to launch the new solution in other regions later this year, starting with Europe.
Venues and locations that should benefit from deploying the ION-U include airports, railways, arenas, corporate offices, school campuses, hospitals and outdoor areas such as congested urban and suburban areas, CommScope said.
“The ION-U has built-in intelligence that greatly simplifies installation, transforming a job that required considerable expertise into a relatively easy task,” said Matt Melester, senior vice president and general manager, Distributed Coverage and Capacity Solutions, CommScope.
The need for capacity relief could create applications for about 2.5 million DAS nodes to go into service by 2017, doubling today’s demand.
“With the true plug-and-play DAS capability of our new ION-U platform, operators can take on that challenge with reduced complexity, exceptional network agility and quality and savings in total cost of ownership and speed to market,” said Melester.