Ultra-wideband antenna system supports current, future wireless technologies

December 18, 2012 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
CommScope introduces Argus™ UltraBand, believed to be the world’s first ultra-wideband antenna system capable of supporting the four major air-interface standards in almost any wireless frequency range. UltraBand™ enables operators to reduce the number of antennas in their networks, lowering tower leasing costs while increasing speed to market capability.

Every iteration of wireless technology typically requires operators to deploy new antenna equipment in their networks. Towers get cluttered with multiple antennas while installation and maintenance become more complicated. UltraBand helps solve this problem by supporting multiple frequency bands and technology standards from one antenna. For example, operators will be able to deploy LTE in 2.6 GHz and 700 MHz while supporting W-CDMA in 2.1 GHz—all from the same antenna.

The UltraBand antenna system is optimized for high performance in capacity-sensitive, data-driven systems. It utilizes pattern shaping technologies pioneered by Argus, a leader in antenna technology innovation that in 2011 became part of CommScope and its Andrew® portfolio of global wireless solutions. The antenna system supports MIMO implementation for advanced capacity solutions.

CommScope introduced in January 2012 its first ultra-wideband antenna, capable of supporting four higher frequency bands used in cellular systems. The latest UltraBand antenna system provides a multi-band solution, adding five lower frequency bands to support a total of nine frequency bands across the wireless spectrum: US700, EU Digital Dividend, US cellular and GSM900 for the lower bands and DCS1800, PCS, AWS, 3G, and WiMax for the higher bands.

CommScope believes UltraBand is the first antenna capable of supporting nine frequency bands for all four air-interface standards: GSM, CDMA, W-CDMA and LTE. CommScope also offers a complete portfolio of RF Path solutions including diplexer, triplexer and filter products for deploying multiple technologies and bands at the same site.

CommScope’s first UltraBand model is a 10-port, 2.5 meter version, available now.