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Outdoor Cell Site Construction Best Practices & Considerations

How do cell site construction practices relate to LTE? LTE performance depends on having the right infrastructure in the right places. While many LTE deployments involve adding technology to existing macro cell sites alongside 2G and 3G infrastructure, there are still opportunities to construct entirely new sites in areas with growing demand and population density. […]

Wireless 27 April 2016

Implementing Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) In LTE Networks

How do Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) fit in LTE Networks? Often called the original small cell technology, distributed antenna systems (DAS) allow operators to offload wireless traffic from a particularly user-dense environment from the macro network. Distributed antenna systems (DAS) are also an effective way of bringing reliable, high-quality LTE data service to hard-to-cover areas, […]

Wireless 19 April 2016

What is Fiber To The Antenna (FTTA), & How Does It Figure In LTE Networks?

FTTA Implementation For LTE Networks Fiber to the antenna (FTTA) wireless site architecture is characterized by remote radio units (RRUs) and other components located at the top of the tower rather than at the traditional base location. This configuration allows for enhanced energy efficiency, increased bandwidth and improved flexibility—all essential ingredients for a successful LTE […]

Wireless 13 April 2016

How To Avoid PIM Interference Within LTE Networks

Why is PIM a LTE challenge? As LTE networks are overlaid on legacy 2G and 3G network infrastructure, interference becomes a real challenge — particularly passive intermodulation, or PIM. PIM interference has been a known issue for as long as RF communications have involved more than one component. However, LTE is particularly sensitive to its effects. […]

Wireless 5 April 2016

Co-Siting Solutions For Combining Existing Technologies With LTE Deployments

What Is Co-Siting? Co-siting, also called co-location, is the practice of sharing site resources between base station radios. On a practical level this generally means multiple technologies, radios and/or channel elements sharing space on a single tower. In some cases, it even includes multiple operators sharing the same radio equipment and RF path, separating services […]

Wireless 30 March 2016

Interference Mitigation Techniques in LTE Networks

Why Is Interference A LTE Challenge? Distinct from the broadband disruption of noise, interference is a discrete issue more prevalent in urban and suburban areas where pattern-controlled antennas are the norm. Because LTE performance is so significantly impacted by any kind of interference, it’s important that the network’s signal-to-noise-plus-interference ratio (SNIR) must be higher than […]

Wireless 22 March 2016

Noise Mitigation Techniques For Optimising LTE Network Performance

Why is ‘noise interference’ a challenge for LTE? LTE’s growth is rooted in the ever-growing demand for data speed and throughput. To meet this demand, LTE technology uses a number of methods and practices that can boost capacity—but leave it susceptible to stray noise interference. Because optimal LTE performance requires a higher signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) than […]

Wireless 16 March 2016

The Challenges of LTE Modernization In The Wireless Industry

65% of the world will be covered by LTE in 2019. Will you be ready? Wireless customers are constantly inundated with mobile technology options. Each generation of devices raises the bar on how much data they can consume, and they expect to do it effortlessly. Staying ahead of that rising demand is critical to the […]

Wireless 8 March 2016

The Fundamentals of Fiber Cable Management in Service Provider Networks

The Key To Successful Fiber Networks Lower operations costs, greater reliability and flexibility in service offerings, quicker deployment of new and upgraded services — these are the characteristics of a successful service provider in a competitive global market. Service providers continue to build out high-bandwidth networks around the world. These networks use a great deal […]

Fiber Optic 3 March 2016

10 Rules To Follow For A 10/40/100G Data Center Migration Plan

A Clear, Defined Path For Migration in Data Centers: Forward-looking data center designers and managers realize that, now that the standards are largely defined, migration of Ethernet links from 10 Gb/s to 40 and 100 Gb/s as well as Fibre Channel links from 4 to 8 to 16 Gb/s is rapidly accelerating. With further interesting […]

Fiber Optic 23 February 2016