Tri-Sector antennas have been used for street work and rooftop deployments for many years. Their low visual impact means they can be deployed in areas where aesthetics is a priority. They also allow operators to deploy antennas in sensitive planning areas where they require capacity.
With the ever-increasing need for capacity in 5G networks Alpha Wireless has designed its next generation tri-sector canister antennas which support 8T8R on the 3.5GHz bands alongside the existing 4G bands.
This is all done in a very slim cylindrical radome making it an ideal product for updating existing sites or for new builds.
We have taken proven modular design approach to allow flexibility for operators to select the bands that they need to cover.
Luke Kehoe, Telecoms Industry Analyst
Mobile operators find themselves in an increasingly challenging operating environment. While revenue growth has plateaued, capital expenses are swelling as a combination of demand-side factors including the proliferation of on-demand video streaming and supply-side factors such as unlimited data tariffs require significant investment in network densification.
The process of densifying the site grid is complex and arduous. As a step-change in network design, it necessitates the deployment of new form factors such as slimline monopoles and small cells. Every step of the way, there are challenges to overcome, from stringent planning and zoning regulations to concerns about visual pollution and urban clutter.
How can mobile operators fulfil the common need for a discreet, inconspicuous base station solution that provides in-fill coverage and capacity closer to where end-users reside?
Cellnex Ireland currently operate approx. 600 sites in Ireland, their growth over the last five years has been through the acquisition of existing towers and delivering new sites through ’Built to Suit’ programs in partnership with their customers.
Cellnex Ireland delivers new sites via Towers, Rooftop and Street work solutions.
In close partnership with Alpha Wireless, Cellnex Ireland work with their customers (operators) to develop bespoke tri-sector street work solutions to meet specific areas being targeted.
“The full process takes six-months – it is an industrialised process from site confirmation to build completion for the operator. Tri-sector antennas are an extremely cost-effective solution for operators and an ideal solution for areas with space constraints or in areas of planning sensitivity”, Cunningham says.