Dutch network VAD Alcadis has been appointed Value Added Distributor of the CommScope OneCell portfolio. OneCell is an integrated and easy to implement LTE/4G solution with high capacity and bandwidth. By means of a software upgrade, OneCell can be migrated to 5G. OneCell consists of Radio Points (indoor and outdoor), Baseband Controllers and a corresponding Device Management System.
Alcadis has been a successful distributor and certified training center for Ruckus Networks in the Benelux for 12 years. In 2018, Ruckus Networks was acquired by CommScope. Since then, both organisations have always been independent of each other. However, behind the scenes the switching, Wi-Fi and Small Cell technologies are brought together. Ruckus Networks already had an LTE Small Cell solution with a focus on CBRS (band 48 in the United States). With OneCell, CommScope offers many more LTE bands, which makes the product suitable for both mobile providers and the enterprise channel. Currently, band 3, suitable for Private GSM or Private LTE, is available for enterprises in the Netherlands.
"Alcadis immediately saw the benefits that the acquisition of Ruckus by CommScope would bring, for both our resellers and their customers", says Hans van Elsen, CTO of Alcadis. "Private LTE is a great addition to Wi-Fi when it comes to business-critical voice and data communication. Our partner channel knows that in some cases a Wi-Fi network is not suitable for its intended use. These partners see an expansion of their (W)LAN knowledge and portfolio with Small Cell LTE technology as a logical next step for those specific application areas. At OneCell, all radios work as one according to the Virtual Cell concept. This reduces the need for RF planning for capacity and roaming."
"The design, installation (standard Ethernet cabling and switches) and maintenance of OneCell is comparable to a Wi-Fi network", says Marc Nulens of CommScope. "I therefore see great added value of Alcadis, among other things in providing training, designing, project support and helpdesk."