Unified wireless infrastructure for in-building systems, not just DAS

February 24, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Coverage in-doors is still a huge issue, and with the roll-out of LTE and LTE-A waiting in the wings, customer expectations are at an all time high.

According to CommScope, when 80 percent of mobile connections are made inside buildings but only about two percent of the world’s commercial space is covered from the inside, clearly something has to change.

To start that change, CommScope has unveiled the ION®-E, a unified wireless infrastructure platform designed around an IT-based structured cabling architecture, making it friendly to both wireless operators and business enterprises alike. The flexibility, scalability and simplicity of the system resolve the issues associated with rapidly changing indoor coverage and capacity demands.

The ION-E brings together licensed wireless and power plus Gigabit Ethernet for WiFi into one unified wireless network that can scale to building size and is technology and spectrum adaptive. Unlike any other offerings available today, it features multi-band, multi-operator and multi-technology capabilities and uses the standard IT structured cabling infrastructure common to most commercial buildings. The ION-E is currently available for operator trials in Europe with expected general availability in other regions in the second half of 2014.

“Overstating the impact of the ION-E will be hard because this system solves so many challenges at once,” said Morgan Kurk, senior vice president, Wireless, CommScope. “It combines the capability and flexibility of cloud RAN while making DAS simple and unifying the local area and wide area networks. This intelligent transport system can finally fulfill the promise of small cells.”

“Bottom line: the ION-E is not just another DAS—it is unified wireless infrastructure, a whole new category that addresses the needs of both the enterprise building owner and the wireless operator,” added Kurk.