Strengthen every aspect of wireless connectivity in cities
We provide all of the wireless infrastructure solutions and services you need to take high-speed, high-quality wireless connectivity throughout cities — indoors and out. With our complete portfolio of 5G-ready solutions, you can smoothly evolve to deliver real-time services that improve efficiency, quality of life, sustainability and public safety. Whether you’re a mobile network operator, a neutral host provider, an enterprise or a municipal government, we’re ready to help you overcome your most difficult urban connectivity challenges to connect more people, devices and services.Learn more
City Solutions Challenges
Zoning and aesthetics
To ensure cities remain visually appealing, zoning laws limit where and how wireless equipment can be installed. And aesthetics rules limit equipment sizes, visibility range and sometimes even color options. These restrictions, however necessary, make it very challenging to deploy the right equipment in the locations needed to improve urban coverage and capacity.
Interference and density
Even when a suitable location for equipment is found, the large numbers of antennas and radios already deployed creates huge potential for wireless interference. But 5G and 6G require large numbers of access points. And spectrum is a finite resource. Minimizing interference in these densely crowded environments is essential, but increasingly difficult.
Businesses, citizens and municipal governments all have different requirements for wireless connectivity. And wireless coverage must be seamlessly available indoors and out — even in areas with tall buildings and where large numbers of people spontaneously congregate. With all of this diversity, sometimes it’s not even clear who should own and maintain wireless solutions in cities.
Quality of service and experience
With so many competing requirements, it’s very challenging to reliably deliver all commercial and mission-critical voice, video and data services with high quality of service and experience. To ensure applications perform as expected, wireless solutions must be precision-engineered for performance, from rooftops through buildings to street level and backhaul.
It’s not affordable or practical to continuously upgrade wireless infrastructure in cities. Wireless architectures and solutions must be designed with future requirements in mind. They must support a wide range of frequencies and technologies, and be expandable to increase capacity and support new applications without increasing footprint or total cost of ownership.
Building and campus connectivity
Buildings and campuses have become priority environments for superior wireless connectivity:
- 5G private wireless networks are essential to achieve Industry 4.0 digital transformation goals
- Distributed radio systems (DRSs) bring advanced features and 5G speeds to buildings and campuses
- Traditional distributed antenna systems (DASs) are still the right option for many buildings
To support high numbers of street-level wireless access points and prevent vandalism, cities must hide equipment in place sight. They need:
- Street poles that enclose wireless equipment and deliver smart city services
- Street furniture that conceals wireless equipment and increases quality of life
- Innovative equipment designs and colors that camouflage equipment in streetscapes
All emergency response teams — police, firefighters, paramedics, public safety agencies — need continuous access to reliable wireless connectivity. Urban connectivity solutions must be:
- Designed in the most compact and streamlined way possible to reduce windloading
- Able to withstand extremely high operational windspeeds, even those reaching 250 km/h
- Fully optimized to reliably perform in a range of challenging environmental conditions
A single cable wireless infrastructure partner
Working with a single partner simplifies urban deployments and ensures solutions interoperate end-to-end. The partner must provide:
- Private wireless network solutions
- DRS and DAS solutions
- Urban-Based Infrastructure solutions
- Hybrid fiber and power connectivity solutions
HYBRIFLEX® Solutions for Buildings and Campuses
RFS HYBRIFLEX solutions for building and campuses make it fast and easy to bring fiber and power to distributed antenna system (DAS), distributed radio system (DRS) and small cells deployments in these environments. The solutions target requirements for high-density, plug-and-play fiber, mission-critical connectivity and indoor/outdoor cross-campus connectivity. They support all wired and wireless technologies and frequencies and are optimized for high-bandwidth Radio over Fiber (RoF) applications.
RFS Urban-Based Infrastructure (UBI) solutions include all of the wireless connectivity and digital solutions needed to bring 5G to street level and deliver connected city applications. We provide everything from the street pole to integrated cables, antennas and filters, as well as security cameras, sensors, and emergency call solutions. All of our UBI solutions include a comprehensive range of installation, maintenance and commissioning services as well as management and monitoring software.
HYBRIFLEX® Fiber and Power Solutions
RFS HYBRIFLEX fiber and power solutions include any combination of power wires, optical fibers and other cable types in a single lightweight and crush-resistant cable. Our HYBRIFLEX solutions support all frequencies and technologies and feature a best-in-class bending radius, a robust, corrugated aluminum or copper-wrapped armor, strong core retention force and field-proven resistance to corrosion. We can also develop fully customized fiber and power solutions to meet specific requirements.
Private Wireless Networks
RFS Private Wireless Networks combine Nokia’s industry-leading 4G/5G private wireless infrastructure and our own world-renowned connectivity solutions with applications and industrial end-user devices from Nokia and other vendors. With our wireless network expertise, we can offer a turnkey solution, from the earliest planning and design stages through network deployment and 24/7/365 network operations and management support. Service level agreement (SLA)-based maintenance ensures your private wireless network is always tuned for peak performance.
CELLFLEX® Factory-Fit Jumpers
RFS CELLFLEX Factory-Fit Jumpers combine robust construction with superior electrical characteristics to maintain end-to-end transmission quality and performance in any deployment scenario. All of our CELLFLEX jumpers support frequencies up to 6 GHz to futureproof your investment and accelerate your evolution to 5G. You can mix and match jumper configurations and features to meet the most unique requirements. And we can adapt jumper designs to overcome even the most difficult installation challenges.
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