Monday, May 27, 2024

Globe pilots customized Nokia antenna in South Cotabato

Globe said it recently deployed Nokia’s Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA+) radio solution in South Cotabato — a first of 50 installations planned for this year to support the telco’s network expansion.

The IPAA+ antenna was produced by Nokia for Globe as a sustainable, low footprint, and high capacity 4G/5G antenna to support smooth site upgrades across the country.

Using state-of-the-art antenna interleaving technology, the IPAA+ is a compact solution, saving some 1.5 meters of tower height space. Crucially, it does not increase the wind load on the tower, speeding up site acquisition and making deployment easier and faster.

The impact on the cell site is minimal, as tower reinforcement and construction works are typically not needed, reducing the environmental impact during site modernization and the deployment of 5G, Globe said.

The world-first testing of the 2.6 GHz IPAA+ variant in Tantangan, South Cotabato, showed a 5-percent improvement in efficiency compared to legacy antennas.

Furthermore, as the IPAA+ enables a wider coverage area, it also has the advantage of supporting more end-users.

“Through this innovation, Nokia will help us lessen our cost of energy and carbon emissions. Kudos to Nokia for collaborating with our Globe engineers to come up with this new solution. That’s the kind of partnership we can be proud of,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe chief sustainability and corporate communications officer, in remarks at the recent “Energize: The Globe Energy & Power Summit 2023,” where Nokia showcased the IPAA+.

Subho Mukherjee, VP of Sustainability at Nokia, commented: “Nokia is proud to partner with Globe and support their efforts to deliver the most sustainability driven network in the Philippines. Through this unique IPAA+ variant, we are supporting Globe’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint as well as accelerate its 4G/5G rollout across the country to improve the connectivity experience of its customers. We will continue to work closely with them throughout deployment at approximately 50 additional sites this year in the Visayas and Mindanao islands.”

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