Rohde & Schwarz and CCI team up to provide a comprehensive LTE installation and maintenance test solution including PIM test

Efficient LTE base station installation and maintenance with complementary solutions from Rohde & Schwarz and CCI combining cable and antenna measurement with Passive Intermodulation (PIM) test.

Munich, Germany and South Hackensack, NJ, United States, March 3, 2015 – Rohde & Schwarz, a global leader in test and measurement, has announced a collaboration with Communications Components Inc. (CCI), one of the fastest growing providers of Radio Access Network (RAN) enhancement products to provide operators and test services providers with a comprehensive solution for base station installation and maintenance including PIM testing. The RF VSWR, cable loss, distance-to-fault and power measurement capabilities of the R&S ZVH handheld cable and antenna tester is now complemented by Passive Intermodulation test capabilities of the CCI PIMPro Tower Series PIM Analyser.

The migration of cellular networks to LTE and LTE-Advanced, the adoption of new features such as MIMO, beamforming and Het Nets all bring benefits to network operators as they build capacity to address expanding subscriber demand for bandwidth. However, these same features contribute to complexity in the RAN and increased vulnerability of the network to base station faults such as poor antenna isolation, component faults and Passive Intermodulation (PIM) that degrade network performance and impair subscriber Quality of Service (QoS).

The challenge facing field service teams is to ensure efficient, fault-free installation of cell sites and rapid troubleshooting if faults develop. The R&S ZVH handheld cable and antenna tester is perfectly adapted to this application featuring fast and accurate distance-to-fault, one-port cable loss and antenna matching measurements whilst the complementary PIM Pro Tower Series from CCI provides lightweight and rugged full power Passive Intermodulation testing, ideally suited for LTE networks.

The R&S ZVH boasts cost saving features such as a test sequence automation wizard, fast changes in operating modes, long battery life and rapid calibration whilst the CCI PIM Pro Tower Series is the lightest PIM tester on the market, ideal for top of the tower measurements, contained in a rugged backpack for easy carrying, yet still delivering 2 x 40 W carriers.

Developed to address the prevalence of tower mounted Remote Radio Heads, the PIMPro Tower Series  can also be used for traditional macro site BTS and DAS installations.

LTE, with its higher data rates, requirement for superior transmission fidelity and more complex RAN, make efficient field BTS measurements ever more critical to deliver the required QoS to subscribers. Bringing the Rohde & Schwarz and CCI products together puts powerful tools in the hands of field service engineers to meet the demands of LTE infrastructure and ensure the performance of the network.

 

Press contacts:

Europe (headquarters): Katrin Wehle, Phone: +49 89 4129 11378, E-mail:

press@rohde-schwarz.com

North America: Pam Sanders, Phone: +1 410 910 7908, E-mail:

pam.sanders@rsa.rohde-schwarz.com

Asia Pacific: Wen Shi Tong, Phone: +65 6 307-0029, E-mail:

WenShi.Tong@rohde-schwarz.com

 

Contacts for readers:

Customer Support Europe, Africa, Middle East: +49 89 4129 12345 customersupport@rohde-schwarz.com Customer Support North America: +1 888 TEST RSA (+1 888 837 87 72) customer.support@rsa.rohde-schwarz.com

Customer Support Latin America: +1 410 910 79 88 customersupport.la@rohde-schwarz.com

Customer Support Asia Pacific: +65 65 13 04 88 customersupport.asia@rohde-schwarz.com

Customer Support China: +86 800 810 8228 or +86 400 650 5896 customersupport.china@rohde-schwarz.com

 

About Rohde & Schwarz

The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group offers innovative solutions in the following business fields: test and measurement, broadcast and media, secure communications, cybersecurity, radiomonitoring and radiolocation.

Founded more than 80 years ago, this independent company has an extensive sales and service network and is present in more than 70 countries. The electronics group is among the world market leaders in its established business fields. On June 30, 2014, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 9800 employees. It achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.75 billion in the 2013/2014 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It also has regional headquarters in Singapore and Columbia, Maryland, USA, to manage its operations in these regions.

 

About CCI

Communication Components Inc. (CCI) is one of the fastest growing providers of Radio Access Network enhancement products. Our innovative products are designed to allow service providers to get the most out of their base station investments. Whether capacity expansion, coverage enhancement or LTE co-sitingis the objective, CCI has the appropriate solution to meet the need.