Oscilloquartz unveils synchronization solution to enable ‘small cell era’

Created May 26, 2017
Technologies and Products

Ultra-Compact OSA 5405 SyncReach features dual antenna GNSS technology for indoor and outdoor deployment.

Oscilloquartz, an Adva Optical Networking company, has launched the OSA 5405 SyncReach, an integrated PTP grandmaster and GNSS receiver with a dual antenna and receiver to enable the mass roll-out of small cells. The new technology has been designed to provide accurate and affordable phase synchronization for the rapidly-growing small cell market and meet the timing requirements of 4.5G and 5G connectivity.

With the OSA 5405 operators can migrate from legacy GNSS RF antennas and cables to standard, cost-effective copper and fibre Ethernet cabling, reducing capital expenditure and operating expenses. Available in both indoor and outdoor variants, the OSA 5405 can be deployed in the most challenging environments, including urban canyons where GPS signals fail. The OSA 5405’s “minuscule” form factor also enables it to be positioned on indoor windows to avoid multipath signal interference from objects within the building.

Gil Biran, general manager, Oscilloquartz, commented, “We’re at the start of a new era. With the internet of things connecting more wireless devices and 5G just around the corner, small cells will have a big role to play. This market is set to grow exponentially in the next few years. Small cells will soon be everywhere and that makes precise synchronization essential.”

“Our OSA 5405 technology radically simplifies GNSS antenna installation. The use of PTP removes the need to compensate for cable delay and extends the reach of GNSS. It enables operators to forget about archaic and expensive RF cables and use simple copper cabling or optical fiber for longer distances.”

The compact design and power-over-Ethernet capabilities of the indoor- or outdoor-mounted OSA 5405 enable synchronization right at the edge of the mobile network. This creates dramatic reductions in complexity and power requirements as well as lower costs for installation and operation. Another key feature of the new technology is IP connectivity. This means that synchronization becomes another element of the internet of things.

Nir Laufer, product line director, Oscilloquartz, added, “The OSA 5405 is a key technology for 5G networks and the IoT. Currently deployed in trials with major carriers, it will shortly be available to all operators looking to harness next-generation synchronization precisely where it’s needed.”

More information at oscilloquartz.com

Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.