09 February 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Blue Danube Systems has launched its second generation 5G-ready Massive MIMO system called the BeamCraft 600 series.
As a provider of wireless access
solutions, Blue Danube’s Beamcraft 600 supports
simultaneous beamforming over multiple frequency bands and
mobile standards, allowing operators to deliver increased
capacity through a single compact system.
Massive MIMO works on the premise of increasing the number
of transmitters and receivers, which in turn increases
sensitivity in the network, improves coverage in remote areas
and ultimately the throughput.
Using embedded software extendable via cloud-based
intelligence, BeamCraft systems can direct radio frequency (RF)
beams where mobile traffic is high and unlike competing Massive
MIMO products, they require no change to existing cell sites
and are compatible with today’s smartphones.
"Blue Danube’s portfolio of Massive MIMO
products enables operators to flexibly customize RF energy to
optimize capacity, coverage and cell edge performance." said
Mark Pinto, CEO and president of Blue Danube Systems. "Our
5G-ready architecture allows beam-based network management
leading to virtualization of the network RF functions. By
avoiding the rigidity imposed by other radio architectures, we
are enabling a completely flexible RAN ecosystem."
Driven by the growing demand for increasing traffic,
operators need to add more cell sites, acquire and deploy
additional spectrum, and support multiple wireless standards
resulting in more equipment per site and contributing to
operating expenditure (opex) and capital expenditure (capex)
BeamCraft 600 gives operators an immediate capacity boost
using existing network assets, by replacing 3G/4G radio and
antenna systems with a single unit and reducing equipment on
site by as much as 66%.
"With FDD representing at least 85% of the global commercial
networks, mid band FDD Massive MIMO solutions will be critical
as operators transition to 5G. The vast majority of the
world’s leading operators have multiple 3G and 4G
LTE bands in this frequency range. Blue Danube’s
multi-band solution offers a compelling upgrade option for
current networks, unlocking the potential of
operators’ most valuable FDD spectrum asset,"
added Julian Bright, analyst at Ovum.
Based on Blue Danube’s HDAAS Hybrid Massive
MIMO technology, the 96-element BeamCraft 600 supports up to
two active mid bands using 16 software configurable beams. In
addition, an integrated passive low-band option is also
available to further conserve antenna mount positions. Blue
Danube has deployed active solutions in 3 mid bands to date
(AWS, PCS, DCS) and will trial the multi-band BeamCraft 600 in
Q2 of 2018.