Feb 27, 2021 News
Because of cost, space, and other issues, 5G base stations need to be deployed on top of the original site. The co-existence of 2/3/4/5G devices leads to insufficient sky space, a common problem faced by global operators.
Last year, Huawei released the A+P (Active+Passive, active+passive) integrated 4G/5G minimalist site, which effectively solved the inability to deploy 5G due to short antennas and the problem of low altitude and affecting network coverage.
On February 24, during the 2021 MWC Shanghai, China Telecom, China Unicom, and Huawei jointly released the first 5G super blade station A+P 2.0 antenna commercial network.
It is understood that A+P 2.0 solves the problems of spaceless deployment of 5G, 5G hanging height, and low coverage. At the same time, it enhances the user experience through the collaboration of 3.5G and 2.1G. Multi-frequency and multi-system are unified, 5G occupies the C position, and the coverage is better. Simultaneously, it reduces TCO (total cost of ownership, including the product purchase cost to later use and maintenance) and realizes the dual benefits of experience investment.
"After the arrival of 5G, our biggest pain point is the location of the 5G antenna. Whether it's out of the coverage area or unable to be found. The best C position is already occupied by traditional antennas. Although the capacity of 5G is big, if you don't set the antenna in a good position, the coverage efficiency cannot be achieved." said Li Zhijun, senior project manager of the 5G co-construction and sharing working group of China Telecom.
It is reported that the A+P minimalist site highly matches the operator's co-construction and sharing strategy. In the shared Jiangsu case, the two-in-one telecom and China Unicom tower and the four-in-one antenna can effectively save tower rent. Simultaneously, 4G and 5G occupy the C position, and the hanging height is increased by 13 meters. The 4G/5G network coverage can be greatly improved, which effectively solves low 5G hanging height and short 5G coverage distance.
Zhang Jiayi, president of Huawei's antenna product line, said that since 2011, Huawei has continued exploring and advancing in the integration of A and P and has successively launched products such as AAU and Easymacro; in 2020. Huawei will release an innovative solution, A+P 2.0 antenna, and upgrade. The number of 5G channels increases and the maximum support is 64T64R to meet the 5G large-capacity demand.
Huawei said that the integration of A+P will become an important choice for future antenna evolution, and highly integrated, high-performance 5G minimalist sites will become the mainstream of future networks.