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RFS first to offer ultra-wideband microwave antennas that cover the 7 GHz band to the North American market
Meriden, CT, March 8, 2012 – Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), the global wireless and broadcast infrastructure specialist, today announced the availability of ultra-wideband microwave antennas that give North American operators and all other Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Part 101 users flexible access to the 7 GHz band for Fixed Services. The new RFS microwave antennas are the first in North America to cover the unlicensed band (5.725 to 5.85 GHz), the lower 6 GHz band (5.925 to 6.425 GHz), the upper 6 GHz band (6.425 to 6.875 GHz) and the 7 GHz band (6.875 to 7.125 GHz) in a single antenna.
As operators in the United States evolve to LTE and 4G, their microwave backhaul requirements are quickly outpacing the available spectrum. With data usage continuing to increase, spectrum availability and congestion create significant challenges. To help address these challenges, the FCC opened the 7 GHz band and the 13 GHz band for Fixed Services in August 2011.
RFS’ new quad-band, dual-polarized microwave antennas give customers the flexibility to access the recently released 7 GHz spectrum and to add capacity when needed. With a single antenna, RFS customers can easily switch among the four bands in the 5.725 to 7.125 frequency range to access new spectrum. In addition, they effectively gain two antennas in one because they can stack multiple channels on each polarization to increase capacity.
“At RFS, we are continually looking at what’s happening in the industry and analyzing our customers’ needs to ensure we’re investing in the technology innovations that best address their challenges,” says Asad Zoberi, RFS’ North America Product Manager for Microwave Antenna Systems. “With our new ultra-wideband microwave antennas, RFS customers have maximum flexibility to meet rapidly evolving and diverse microwave backhaul requirements with no compromises in performance. The new antennas highlight our commitment to our customers and to advancing microwave technology.”
RFS’ new ultra-wideband microwave antennas are available in dual polarized, unshrouded models (PADX Series) that deliver superior radiation performance and in dual-polarized, ultra-high-performance models (UXA Series) that feature high cross-polarization discrimination (XPD) to reduce interference.
The antennas are available in six, eight and ten-foot diameter configurations and feature a spun backring design for mechanical stability and secure links. They also feature a powder-painted finish, rather than a wet-painted finish. RFS is the only vendor to offer powder-painted microwave antennas to the North American market. Powder painting improves the antenna’s ability to resist corrosion due to harsh environmental conditions, such as pollution and salt.
To simplify logistics and reduce costs for customers, RFS’ complete microwave antenna systems and waveguides are shipped from a single U.S. location.
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Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) is a global designer and manufacturer of cable, antenna and tower systems, plus active and passive RF conditioning modules, providing total-package solutions for wireless outdoor and indoor infrastructure.
RFS serves OEMs, distributors, system integrators, operators and installers in the broadcast, wireless communications, land-mobile and microwave market sectors. As an ISO compliant organization with manufacturing and customer service facilities that span the globe, RFS offers cutting-edge engineering capabilities, superior field support and innovative product design. RFS is a leader in wireless infrastructure.
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