Brazil: 4G networks for airports
Brazil is currently investing heavily in its infrastructure, including in airports. High-performance 4G mobile networks are being established inside the buildings so that the growing number of passengers can communicate without restrictions. HUBER+SUHNER products are playing a major role in this.
Brazil is the world's seventh largest economy, and will be hosting both the Football World Cup next year and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Since Brazil is also the fifth largest country in the world in terms of area, the only viable means of travel for business people is often domestic flights. The number of passengers is steadily increasing, which is placing enormous pressure on the country's airport infrastructure. As a consequence, significant modernisations are currently underway at many large Brazilian airports. In addition to the construction of new runways and terminal buildings, ultra-modern communication technologies are being set up so that passengers can use their mobile devices throughout the entire airport area.
Engineering expertise needed
To provide coverage at airports using the latest 4G wireless networks, a wide range of wired and wireless connectivity solutions from HUBER+SUHNER are being used, including antennas, connectors and cables. HUBER+SUHNER is currently working with network operators and OEM equipment suppliers at different locations in Brazil, including at two of the largest airports, Aeroporto Internacional de Brasilia and Tancredo Neves/Confins in Belo Horizonte.
For Alberto Teixeira, project manager at HUBER+SUHNER Latin America, the airport facilities present an interesting challenge: "Since the two airports are currently being extended, our full engineering expertise is needed to plan complete 4G coverage in all areas," he explains. "The base station will be housed in an existing building, so we need to develop a wireless network that guarantees full capacity in the new terminal buildings."
The latest SENCITY® ultra-omnidirectional antennas from HUBER+SUHNER were developed specifically for use in buildings, making them perfect for this project. They are widely considered the smallest and most inconspicuous antennas currently available. They also allow for multi-band operation that supports all wireless communication services, including 2G, 3G, 4G and TETRA on all frequencies. "This means that travellers from North America, Asia or Europe can easily connect their mobile devices with the network," says Alberto Teixeira. When completed, the networks will provide airport users with fast Internet access and far superior voice quality for calls. Network carriers such as Vivo, TIM, Claro, OI and Nextel will thus be able to support parallel data access and phone calls in future – an advantage for providers and users, especially for high utilisation at airports.