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September 15, 2008

CommScope's Andrew Expands Integrated Cabinet Line for Wireless Networks

By Anil Sharma
TMCnet Contributor

CommScope’s Andrew division, which offers communications products and services, has expanded its integrated cabinet product line for wireless networks with multiple size offerings that feature unique cooling techniques for added protection at lower cost.

Andrew’s new full line of RBA Series integrated cabinets helps wireless operators and equipment manufacturers protect base station equipment from environmental conditions while reducing operating expenses and energy consumption.
The RBA Series cabinets are offered in four height sizes — 48, 60, 72 and 84 inches — with each filling the same area at the base. This flexible, modular cabinet platform allows operators to buy only the amount of cabinet needed to fit current equipment installations. Andrew is all set to showcase at Intelec in San Diego its EcoPower fuel cell backup power supply cabinets, which provide environmentally friendly DC backup power for wireless and wireline networks.
EcoPower cabinets have a cabinet design that is modular and flexible to meet the most stringent backup power needs. The cabinet's proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells, housed in a secure, weather resistant cabinet for outdoor deployment, offer a smaller footprint and more dense power backup than what has been available previously from competitors.
“As carriers contend with the responsibility of providing wireless service during power outages, Andrew offers an environmentally friendly backup power solution, as well as a modular solution that can significantly reduce annual operating expenses over comparable offerings,” said Jerry Garrett, vice president and general manager of the cabinet solutions division at Andrew, in a statement.
The RBA Series utilizes a unique combination of techniques to target cooling to specific areas within the enclosure instead of across the entire unit, minimizing operating expenses while maximizing protection of sensitive equipment. Four cooling options allow for environment-specific installations. Instead of cooling evenly across an entire rack, the RBA Series cabinets direct cooling to specific spots most affected by heat-generating equipment. This is a more effective means of protecting equipment and minimizing expenditures in doing so.
“With the RBA Series, there is no need to buy an 84-inch rack cabinet when you only require 60 inches of protection,” said Lindsay Allen, director of product management and marketing, Cabinet Solutions, Andrew. “Operators can save money by buying only what they need—and not wasting operating budget on cooling unused rack space.”
CommScope is a major player leader in infrastructure solutions for communication networks. Through its Andrew brand, it is a global player in radio frequency subsystem solutions for wireless networks.
Through its SYSTIMAX and Uniprise brands, CommScope is a global player in structured cabling systems for business enterprise applications. It is also the premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband cable television networks and one of the leading North American providers of environmentally secure cabinets for DSL and FTTN applications.
Backed by strong research and development, CommScope combines technical expertise and proprietary technology with global manufacturing capability to provide customers with infrastructure solutions for evolving global communications networks in more than 130 countries.

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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Mae Kowalke

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