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Antenna Enables Utility Network Modernization

Aug. 24, 2021
Dual-band 900-MHz and 3.5-GHz antenna fuels digital transformation for critical utility infrastructure.

Utilities looking to modernize and digitize their communications infrastructures might look at the AW3874 dual-band antenna from Alpha Wireless. The antenna, which supports both 900 MHz and 3.5 GHz/Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum, provides a smooth upgrade path to smarter, more secure network infrastructure and optimal operational efficiency.

With cyber-attacks, vandalism, and severe weather all on the upswing, it’s been important for utilities to upgrade critical communications infrastructure for more modernized operations. Secure, private LTE broadband connectivity delivered with fixed wireless technology provides a reliable and effective method to upgrade device security, improve real-time monitoring, enable active control of energy distribution systems, and collect business-critical data from automated meter-reading (AMR) systems and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).

With an ultra-compact, high-efficiency design using Alpha’s frequency-transparent dipole technology (FTDT), the AW3874 reliably delivers single-band-like performance from a multi-band antenna in a compact form factor. The antenna’s small footprint reduces wind load, as well as saving on site lease, installation, equipment, and maintenance costs, without sacrificing performance or signal quality.

"Alpha Wireless brings deployment expertise and the performance of carrier-grade antennas to utilities to help them upgrade toward smarter and more secure infrastructure,” said Tim Sill, Alpha's Vice President of Technology and Business Development. In addition to the AW3874 antenna, Alpha offers a broad portfolio of dual- and single-band antenna solutions designed to allow utilities to leverage the latest communications technologies.

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David Maliniak | Executive Editor, Microwaves & RF

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