b2ap3_thumbnail_MWC.jpgThe wireless industry converged in Barcelona this week for Mobile World Congress 2018, where the latest and greatest phones, gadgets, solutions and applications made their debut. Among the buzz at the conference that annually draws more than 100,000 attendees were announcements from vendors and infrastructure companies about DAS solutions, virtualization and smart city applications.

AGL Media Group and RCR Wireless News both covered infrastructure news emerging from the show. Following are some of the announcements from WIA member companies at Mobile World Congress.


SOLiD introduced its compact, 5G-ready GENESIS DAS to meet the needs of the middleprise and other large venues, such as airports, subways and stadiums. GENESIS DAS delivers an enterprise-ready solution that can be used out of the box and provides support for structured cabling solutions to reduce installation time and costs. In addition, the solution provides support for either GENESIS RAX as a signal source or other industry standard in-building signal source platforms and a clear upgrade path for existing customers with the remote radio and amplifier units being compatible with the legacy SOLiD ALLIANCE platform.

“For the middleprise to overcome current in-building wireless challenges it’s important to deliver innovative, low cost, and structured cabling supported solutions that are enterprise-ready,” said Dr. Seung Hee Lee, SOLiD’s CEO. “That is exactly why we developed the GENESIS DAS — to provide the middleprise with a solution that is ready to use right out of the box, supports structured cabling common in enterprises, and provides investment protection.”

For more information on the SOLiD GENESIS platform, visit www.solid.com/genesis.html

CommScope Era

CommScope showcased its next-generation in-building platform, CommScope Era, an all-digital C-RAN antenna system that leverages wireless operators’ initiatives to centralize and virtualize baseband radio assets. Era enables operators to deploy a centralized headend that serves multiple buildings, or even to tap capacity from the operator’s existing centralized radio access network (C-RAN) hubs. Era’s innovative Wide-area Integration Node (WIN) resides in the C-RAN hub and routes baseband capacity to a distribution point within the served building or campus. Era allocates baseband capacity where it is needed while reducing the amount of onsite head-end equipment and the amount of fiber needed for signal transport by up to 90 percent.

“We have invested heavily to create an all-digital platform architecture that upends the economics of in-building wireless and ushers in a new era and standard for distributed antenna systems,” said Matt Melester, senior vice president, Distributed Coverage and Capacity Solutions, CommScope. “CommScope Era will be a key enabler for network densification in LTE Advanced, Gigabit LTE and 5G.”

For more information about CommScope Era, visit https://www.commscope.com/NewsCenter/PressReleases/CommScope-Initiates-a-New-Era-for-In-building-Wireless/

JMA Wireless Adaptive Baseband Platform

JMA Wireless announced its XRAN Adaptive Baseband platform, which provides all of the RAN functions necessary for complete LTE mobile and IoT connectivity. XRAN is designed to scale to commercial networks on off-the-shelf server technology.

The XRAN software platform integrates with the TEKO RF Distribution platform via high capacity digital fiber connectivity, eliminating costly layers of analog equipment and cabling, and significantly reducing footprint, power and cooling requirements. This combined solution provides a new approach for wireless systems in enterprise buildings, large venues and highly densified areas of cities.

JMA’s XRAN software is being used in a live dense urban network application with Telecom Italia Mobile as part of collaborative work between the companies on 5G mobility innovation.

“Cost, simplicity, footprint, power, and cooling changes dramatically with XRAN,” said Todd Landry, Corporate Vice President of Product and Market Strategy at JMA Wireless. “XRAN is designed from its inception to close the gap between rapidly growing in-building mobile connectivity demands and today’s complex, proprietary hardware solutions unable to evolve and adapt for multi-operator services.”

For more information about JMA XRAN, visit http://info.jmawireless.com/jma-wireless-launches-xran-fully-virtualized-adaptive-baseband-software-to-radically-change-the-game-for-in-venue-wireless

Zinwave DAS Solution

Zinwave rolled out its next-generation DAS solution, UNItivity 5000, which has evolved Zinwave’s patented DAS technology with several key improvements including energy efficiency. Depending on the scope and complexity of the DAS configuration, Zinwave enterprise customers can expect to see up to 17 percent energy savings using the new UNItivity 5000 solution, the company said.

Another update to UNItivity 5000 is the slim design of the secondary hub, which can provide up to an 80 percent space savings in the IT closet. The streamlined design also integrates the power supply unit into the hub itself, which saves IT staff the hassle of procuring an external power supply while providing additional space savings.

“From ‘unified’ and ‘connectivity’ we get UNItivity,” said Scott Willis, CEO of Zinwave. “UNItivity enables enterprise connectivity by unifying all frequencies, including 3–6 GHz, and galvanizes enterprise networks for the future of wireless service, like 5G, LTE-U, LAA, private and public CBRS.”

For more information on the UNItivity 5000, visithttps://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/2702507/MWC%202018/UNItivity%205000%20Press%20Release.pdf?t=1519848681643

American Tower, Citybeacon partner on smart hubs

American Tower and Citybeacon announced a global alliance to accelerate wireless densification and enhance city services. The companies are developing a connected smart hub that enables smart city applications and provides shared wireless infrastructure for a complete, multimedia digital city experience.

The smart hub is designed for cities to communicate with citizens more effectively, ensure the safety and security of public spaces, use data to enable smarter decision making and provide reliable and robust connectivity. The open platform enables a variety of city and commercial applications, such as Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for environmental monitoring, information station for visitors, local or statewide announcements, targeted digital advertisements, emergency services and, now with the alliance, wireless infrastructure for multiple mobile network operators.

The co-developed product addresses two critical needs in urban markets today: mobile network densification through small cell technology and access to numerous new digital amenities and services for cities and their citizens.

“This alliance with Citybeacon supports our urban strategy to provide more prime, street-level site locations for mobile network operators, as they densify their networks and transition to 5G and beyond,” said Steven Marshall, President, U.S. Tower, a division of American Tower Corporation. “Network densification in cities is, and will continue to be, a focus for our customers. This innovative solution provides wireless real estate, hiding in the form of a streamlined multifunction smart hub, to be deployed quickly and efficiently.”

For more information on American Tower’s alliance with Citybeacon, visit https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180228005345/en/American-Tower-Citybeacon-Form-Global-Alliance-Provide

Mosaik wins contract with Telenor Connexion

Telenor Connexion, a leading provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, has selected Mosaik’s Cellmaps and MapELEMENTS solutions to help them more effectively investigate, analyze and market their global IoT coverage footprints. CellMaps and MapELEMENTS both provide access to Mosaik’s global coverage database, the world’s largest source of mobile network coverage footprints, covering over 225 countries, 850 operators and 2,000 networks around the world.

“We’re excited to partner with a world class IoT organization like Telenor Connexion. Helping them to showcase their global coverage, which is an incredibly important asset, is a critical role our team has been proud to take on,” said Andrew Miceli, vice president of global sales and marketing for Mosaik. “As the IoT provider’s role in our global economy evolves, the ability to identify and display coverage seamlessly across multiple technologies and frequencies is what will differentiate and ensure increased market share for our customers.”

To learn more, visit https://www.mosaik.com/network-experience-solutions.