Ireland-based mobile antenna supplier Alpha Wireless is launching a research and development office in Australia as it looks to extend its presence across the Asia and Pacific region.
The Sydney-based office is being headed up by Peter Liversidge, who has more than 20 years’ experience in base station antenna design with Argus Technologies and Commscope in Australia.
Following the closure of Commscope R&D operations in Australia this year, Liversidge says a wealth of mobile infrastructure industry talent was left behind, and Alpha Wireless has been fortunate to be able capitalise on that.
“Several members of our team were previously at Commscope and the experience that they bring is invaluable. Without it, there’s a good chance the office would not have happened,” he says.
“Sydney is also a particularly good location for sales and technical support for the Australia/New Zealand/Asia region, where Alpha already has business.”
With a focus not only on creating products that enable more coverage and capacity, Alpha Wireless is particularly concerned with providing concealment solutions to ensure antennas have a minimal effect on the landscape.
Liversidge says the dense populations in parts of this region compound the need to provide maximum coverage with minimum impact. In addition, the fast growth of products in the 3.5 GHz spectrum, and the proliferation of 4G and 5G antennas, makes Alpha Wireless’ ability to provide flexible solutions all the more important.
“There is a need for an antenna developer that is small and agile and can cater for a wide range of customer requirements that the big guys won’t touch,” he says.
CEO Fergal Lawlor says he is excited to see the developments that the Australian contingent will bring to the company.
“Alpha Wireless is known for its commitment to innovation – we love a challenge and when antenna solutions don’t exist we’ll find a way to create them,” Lawlor says.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Peter Liversidge on board and look forward to his assistance in strengthening the company’s portfolio of next generation, high quality antenna solutions.”
Alpha Wireless is headquartered in Ireland and has offices throughout Europe and the United States. It provides antennas for most base station vendors and many large network operators.
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