Thursday, February 18, 2010

Powerwave launches MCPA booster systems to improve network efficiency, site performance

Mobile World Congress 2010, BARCELONA, SPAIN: Powerwave Technologies Inc., a leader in end-to-end wireless coverage and capacity solutions, has announced the expansion of its popular OS Micro Cabinet family of Multi Carrier Power Amplifier Booster systems to include two new models.

Designed to help operators improve network efficiency, site performance and call statistics, Powerwave’s MCPA Booster Systems amplify the downlink signal for coverage and capacity enhancement while providing an optional low noise amplifier and RF filtering to improve overall uplink noise figure and receive sensitivity.

OS-1 2100 MHz UMTS and 900 MHz E-GSM Single MCPA Booster Cabinet
The new products include the OS-1 2100 MHz Single MCPA Booster Cabinet for use with WCDMA (UMTS) IMT/AWS frequencies. This product is also available for the 900 MHz GSM frequencies for 2G and 3G deployments.

The OS-1 provides a high power and highly efficient solution with remote monitoring and configurability in a compact (620mm x 284mm x 716mm) package, housed in an IP54-rated cabinet with forced air cooling.

The system also provides remote monitoring and configuration through a web-enabled Graphical User Interface, DHCP client and via SMS messaging through optional wireless modem. Additionally, the product has the requisite government and regulatory certifications for operation in most parts of the world, and also adheres to various standard industry safety ratings, including IEC 60950-1 (safety), TUV GS Mark, ETSI (radiated and conducted), FCC (radiated and conducted) and CE Mark.

OS-3 Multi-band Three-channel Booster Cabinet
Also newly added to the OS Micro Cabinet family is Powerwave’s OS-3 offering, which provides a multi-band booster solution in a single cabinet. The three-channel booster cabinet accommodates up to three MCPA modules and three RF conditioning units.

The three RF channels are independent of one another and can operate at GSM, DCS, PCS, UMTS and AWS frequencies. As such, the system can operate in a tri-band mode for an overlay solution to boost 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 2100 MHz in EMEA and 1900 MHz and 2100 MHz in North America. The cabinet features a compact form factor (997mm x 406mm x 965mm) in an-IP55 rated cabinet with forced air cooling.

The product also adheres to various standard industry safety ratings, including UL 60950-1 (safety), ETSI (radiated and conducted), FCC (radiated and conducted) and CE Mark.

As with all of Powerwave’s MCPA Booster Systems, both new products leverage Powerwave’s latest MCPA module designs which offer industry-leading power and efficiency. The product also provides internal fail safe RF bypass and incorporates a modular architecture design for easy system installation and component field replacement.

“Powerwave’s MCPA booster line of products offers cost-effective solutions to typical coverage and capacity challenges faced by wireless network operators,” said Khurram P. Sheikh, chief product and development officer, Powerwave Technologies, Inc. “These products are ideal for network operators looking to resolve site or network coverage and capacity issues, and also provide a unique antenna consolidation solution to overcome combining losses for 3G and 4G migration.”

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