Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL) ("Westell"), a leading provider of
telecommunications equipment for wireline, wireless and home networks,
today announced that a Canadian regional wireless service provider,
SaskTel, has successfully deployed Westell's new Distributed Antenna
System (DAS) Interface Panels in its network. SaskTel is installing the
1900 model of the Westell DAS Interface Panel. This model is only one
Rack-Unit (1RU) in height, making it a significant space saver, while
covering the full Personal Communication Service (PCS) band.
Since installing the Westell panels, SaskTel has been able to
significantly improve the network performance and the operational
efficiency of the associated Distributed Antenna System. The Westell
panels are installed between the base transceiver station (BTS) and the
head end of the DAS, providing proper power levels for the downstream
DAS equipment. The Westell 1900 DAS Interface Panel enables SaskTel to
monitor and adjust both the "transmit" and "receive" power levels
without disconnecting from the BTS or the DAS head end, keeping the DAS
consistently up and running at required service levels.
"The Westell DAS panels were very simple to install and have measurably
improved the performance of our DAS system," said Daryl Godfrey, Chief
Technology Officer at SaskTel. "At a 1RU height, this panel design is
clean and compact, which is critical since equipment space is at a
premium in most DAS installations. Additionally, these panels are
providing very low PIM levels and a larger range of adjustable
attenuation - 0 to 50dB - than we had with our previous solution." PIM,
or passive intermodulation distortion, must be low to ensure minimal
interference and maximum performance of the BTS.
The Westell DAS Interface Panels are capable of handling up to 80 watts
of input power into a single port from the BTS, and because they are
environmentally hardened - with an operating range of -40 to +65°C -
they may be used in both indoor and outdoor DAS installations.
Distributed Antenna Systems are increasingly being used by wireless
service providers to create a small cell infrastructure that relieves
the burden on the macro cellular network. Common deployment venues
include stadiums, convention centers, hospitals and college campuses
where smartphone use is particularly concentrated. Additional
information is available at: http://www.westell.com/products/das-interface-panels.
Westell Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, designs,
distributes, markets and services a broad range of carrier-class
communications equipment, including digital transmission, remote
monitoring, power distribution and demarcation products used by wireline
and wireless telecommunications service providers, industrial customers,
and home network users. Additional information can be obtained by
Westell Technologies, Inc.
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