How to design a network that meets Europe’s vision for the future
03 December 2020 | Phil Sorsky
Phil Sorsky, SVP of service providers EMEA at CommScope, puts forward his vision for a network that meets the technical and economic demands of the future
Building for growth with smart networks
After the disruption wrought by the Covid pandemic, stimulating economic growth is now an imperative. And technology will drive this growth. Obtaining optimum performance from digital devices means putting reliable mobile networks in place at a vigorous pace.
Mobile networks are expanding at an impressive rate across Europe and 2021 promises to be a golden year for building the basis of a truly interconnected economy. Networks come in all shapes and sizes but they must be designed using the right equipment. Consumers rightly expect this equipment to aesthetically blend into their environment. Form and function matter more than ever.
Close cooperation between operators and suppliers starts with identifying equipment that meets these needs. Examples of such successful collaborations between both these parties are increasing each month.
In Lyon, the city’s metro network called on Orange to extend full 5G-ready connectivity to every one of its passengers, as part of the city’s relentless drive to offer its citizens and businesses, a fully digital future.
CommScope was drafted in to ensure the network was able to operate with low and medium-power equipment – meeting the connectivity needs of fluctuating passenger numbers, and integrating with four wireless operators. This 5G ready network, was all up and running inside 12 weeks, a clear win for the city and its commuters.
At CommScope, we deal with a whole gamut of technologies for networks, that in turn could play a role in transforming economies. Looking ahead at the communications needs of tomorrow requires an understanding that not all end-users are the same, and that circumstances vary, just like the changing passenger-load of a Lyon metro carriage.
CommScope have no doubts that connectivity has moved to the top of the agenda when it comes to getting the economy back on its feet. This applies from the most local project up to an EU level where high-speed data access is firmly on the agenda.
Governments see 5G as a springboard for economic activity. But in an environmentally conscious world the network underpinning 5G has to be unobtrusive and frugal in its energy needs. Our technology is integrated into a range of slim antennas that are packing more functions into a neat footprint. This suits contemporary thinking on urban design and respects the public’s view.
Squeezing more out of less is important for the whole telecoms industry. We have found ways to push fibre deeper into the network while managing cable connections more efficiently. Therefore, less digging, and less cost for the network operator who can make the most of the connections that already exist within a finite spectrum.
With a set of passive antennas network operators can opt for hardware that optimises power consumption right across their network. This tackles questions of sustainability in 5G implementations head-on. It pays to recognise that an area where traffic will be low can use passive antennas instead of larger ones that need more power.
Across Germany, network operators like Deutsche Telekom are expanding their 5G networks.
“As we lay the foundation for next generation 5G networks, we have increased coverage across Germany to 94.4 percent. The aim is to deploy an additional 9,000 base stations by 2021, taking us within a hair’s breadth of 100 percent coverage nationwide,” said Andreas Cyprian, head of Infrastructure & Property for Deutsche Telekom. “We continue to collaborate with CommScope on developing innovative solutions that maximize our network investment and build a bridge to next generation technologies.”
Europe’s population is primed for a 5G world. Generation Z, those aged 13 to 22, expect superfast mobile network access as part of the fabric of their lives. Slimmer antennas pushing 5G-capable infrastructure without guzzling power or intruding on the urban landscape are CommScope’s response to Generation Z. In UK cities such as Aberdeen, these networks have been concealed inside traffic lights and street lighting columns.
Consumers have been dazed by years of 5G hype. Finally, they will see 5G delivering in their lives in 2021 and without obtrusive infrastructure or patchy access. With networks powered by a growing assortment of technologies adapted for every eventuality and spread over every geography those consumers will leap at the best services 5G can offer.
Proactive network operators will have 5G in place for Europe’s year of ubiquitous lightning-fast communications, 2021. This will be the year new design approaches are taken to accelerate the economic viability. The investment to make that happen is already in place.
Mobile connectivity is critical for economic renewal. And to quote Mats Granryd from the GSMA, “our sector will form the backbone of the future global economy. “
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