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February 27, 2014

CommScope Unveils ION-E Designed For IT-based Structured Cabling Architecture

CommScope announced the launch of ION-E, the innovative unified wireless infrastructure platform designed specifically for in-building wireless systems. The new platform is designed for IT-based structured cabling architecture, which makes it an ideal solution for business enterprises as well as wireless operators. The platform will be available for mass deployment in Europe immediately after the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) followed by a global release planned during the Q2 2014.

Morgan Kurk, senior vice president for Wireless at CommScope said, “Overstating the impact of the ION-E will be hard because this system solves so many challenges at once. 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.”

The new system features increased flexibility, massive scalability and simplicity to address the challenges related to changing requirements for indoor coverage and capacity. The ION-E uses the structured cabling systems to simplify the implementation process in addition to an easy to use interface for configuration with minimum intervention.

Modern day buildings need a complete overhaul of the wireless infrastructure triggered by incidents such as layout changes, user relocation and other similar changes. Further, the policies governing Bring Your Own Device, the increased proliferation of smart devices and every growing security threat, have forced enterprises to make indoor systems mandatory within the wired and wireless networks of an organization.

The ION-E platform is capable of handling buildings ranging from 5,000 to 500,000 square meters and leverages the standard grid approach for increased flexibility in adapting to the changing needs to support on-demand software defined frequencies. The platform is technology agnostic and frequency agile, which eliminates the need for huge investments on equipment and infrastructure upgrades. 

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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