Active antenna radio supplier Ubidyne has announced that a network trial with an unnamed U.S. carrier using a LTE 700 MHz active antenna has proven a 40 percent increase in cell capacity. The trial was completed late last year.
About three months ago, CommScope, which has been working with Ubidyne, acknowledged that the two companies were involved in a multi-site LTE trial with a major North American operator. CommScope also acknowledged on a company blog Friday that the trial had been a success.
Though neither company named the operator involved, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) has been linked with active antenna technology in the past.
Ubidyne's contended that its uB700 Active Embedded Radio technology could delay the need to deploy equipment such as small cells, one of the most hotly-discussed technologies of the past year, to relieve mobile network congestion.The Ubidyne solution uses beam forming technology, tilting vertical sectorization and other techniques to as much as double data bandwidth at the cell edge and improve overall capacity without significant increase in power output.
Ubidyne said it expects to see deployments in the first half of this year. The company made the FierceWireless Fierce 15 list in 2010, and active antenna technology overall was once viewed as having the potential to achieve volume shipments in 2011. Maybe this is the first sign that 2012 will be its big year.
Ubidyne made the Fierce 15 in 2010
Active antenna technology surfaced a few years ago