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Taoglas helps Benetel with antenna design for a new indoor 5G Open RAN RU

About Benetel

Benetel meets today’s challenges of rapid digital transformation by providing leading edge radio solutions for 5G disaggregated RAN and 4G LTE Small Cells. With a 20-year history and a legacy that includes more than 6 million Benetel designed radios deployed globally, the company is committed to supporting the evolving worldwide radio access networks. By producing radio units and related services that fully embrace the principle of openness, Benetel continues to spread reliable cellular connectivity in all locations and conditions. This Irish company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland in what was originally part of the original Guinness Brewery buildings.

The Challenge

Being at the forefront of the radio industry, one of Benetel’s key deliverables always is unrivaled radio performance. Benetel was designing a new indoor 5G Open RAN RU (O-RU) that needed to be high performing but also small, aesthetic and cost effective. The O-RU was called RAN550 and it was designed as 4T4R split 7.2x O-RU with 100 MHz of 5G capability. The antenna for the RAN550 needed to be suitable for indoor MIMO operations, be low profile and ideally ground plane independent, with particular attention to the radiated emissions. The RAN550, Benetel’s flagship RU for indoor use, required bespoke antenna assembly, short design and development timeline, full RF testing, and ease of integration and manufacturing. Also needed was a robust, continuous, quality supply chain with critically low lead times to ensure time to market. Click the PDF below to read full story.

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