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Kevin LINEHAN (Lead), Andrew/CommScope
Paolo GIANOLA (Co-Lead), Telecom Italia
Contact: Klaus MOSCHNER, NGMN Office (office(at)ngmn.org)
Ambiguity in antenna specifications resulting from a lack of standards can make it difficult for RF engineers and supply chain managers to competently compare product from various vendors. Miscommunication during the procurement process on specification definitions and compliance to them is likely commonplace.
Introduction of globally accepted antenna standards into the wireless industry will facilitate more informed and accurate cost/benefit decisions on antenna selection. Standardization in the marketplace will potentially drive quality and improved performance into antenna products and result in positive impact to coverage, capacity and QoS.
The Project BASTA generating an NGMN whitepaper that recommends base station antenna (BSA) standards, and facilitates an appropriate forum or organization to further develop them and promote their adoption, would be beneficial to the wireless community and the NGMN partners.
The result of the project on Base Station Antenna Standards is an Implementation Recommendation which helps the telecommunication industry to establish industry-wide accepted antenna standards for the benefit of its customers.
The scope of the project will be to: