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OneBase Macroshelf Extends Outsourcing Trend

New Outsourcing Option Based On Open Standards

Andrew Corporation has introduced OneBase Macroshelf, an innovative approach to purchasing and deploying base station radio frequency (RF) systems that significantly lowers costs and improves network performance for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers. OneBase Macroshelf is a combination of Andrew products and technology into a single, integrated base station transceiver system (BTS) RF solution that is based on open standards, rather than a custom design.

This new approach enables OEMs to source the entire RF portion of a BTS cost-efficiently from a trusted provider, rather than purchasing single elements from multiple vendors or doing the work in-house. Customers now can leverage Andrew's design experience and greater economies of scale to deliver the industry's lowest cost solution for the entire RF shelf, according to Mickey Miller, group president, base station subsystems, Andrew Corporation.

"Andrew's new solution for sourcing base stations is a huge benefit to our OEM customers," said Miller. "OneBase Macroshelf enables OEMs to drive costs out of their base station architectures and refocus their valuable engineering resources to more intellectual property-centric software in order to build revenue-generating applications."

In this model, OEMs retain full control of the BTS system specifications and therefore can choose how to position their products in terms of performance. The OneBase Macroshelf simply provides the RF portion of that system to meet the customer's RF performance needs.

Today, most OEMs will outsource individual components such as power amplifiers and filters from multiple vendors that are customized for their use. OneBase Macroshelf extends that outsourcing trend to another level by incorporating the complete RF path within a base station, including the RF transceiver, power amplification, filtering, combining, and the associated RF shelf hardware. This solution allows the integration of remote radio units by replacing the RF transceiver with a simple optical interface. The use of a common interface, such as those defined by the CPRITM or OBSAI standards, for the OneBase Macroshelf brings the BTS architecture closer to that of the personal computer industry, where open interfaces enable peripheral equipment, such as monitors and keyboards, to connect seamlessly to a PC and network, according to Miller.

"This approach provides opportunities for cost benefits and performance improvements, where a vendor such as Andrew can provide all of the RF elements and use innovation and careful design to offer an integrated RF package. This is a winning solution and selling benefit for our OEM partners."

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