CommScope Ramps Up Participation in City-Scale Testbed Deployments for Programs for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Program

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CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM), a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, today announced that it is extending its participation in the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program, which is building outdoor testbed environments for advanced wireless technology trials around the country. As part of its participation, CommScope is committing equipment and expertise to the POWDER-RENEW platform in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the AERPAW platform in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina.

PAWR is a $100 million public-private partnership program co-led by US Ignite and Northeastern University and funded by the National Science Foundation and the PAWR Industry Consortium, which consists of some 30 manufacturers, wireless carriers, and academic institutions.

CommScope is providing its passive antennas and related hardware for the program, including 3-band, 10-port antennas, 10-port small cell antennas, coaxial and fiber optic cable.

“Small cells and multi-port antennas will be core elements of future wireless networks, and we are pleased to be providing our equipment in support of the innovation enabled by the POWDER-RENEW and AERPAW testbeds,” said Kevin Linehan, vice president, Office of the CTO at CommScope.

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“The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program was created to advance US research in 5G networks and beyond to create communications infrastructure that will enable next-generation applications, optimize network operations, and sustain U.S. wireless leadership while generating new economic opportunities,” said Joe Kochan, PAWR Program Director and COO, US Ignite. “While we are still in the early testbed deployment stages, the program is exceeding our expectations thanks to valuable contributions from CommScope, and other PAWR consortium members.” 

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