Microwave Journal

Andrew Delivers Indoor Mobile Services to Istanbul SG Airport

March 1, 2010

Wirelessly sending e-mails and browsing the Internet is now easier for air travelers in Istanbul’s new Sabiha Gokcen Airport as Andrew Solutions, the CommScope Inc. division, has teamed up with Turkey’s three mobile operators – AVEA, Turkcell and Vodafone – to ensure reliable wireless signals reach 2G and 3G subscribers throughout the airport.

The three operators led the project, Andrew supplied its ION™-M optical distributed antenna system (DAS), and Mikom Microwave, Andrew’s business partner in Turkey, assisted with system design and commissioning. The ION-M is a multi-operator coverage and capacity solution, supporting the operators’ 2G and 3G subscribers in the airport. It transmits wireless signals across both fiber optic and coaxial cables to remote antennas from a master unit.

The system supports both GSM and UMTS frequency bands in the Sabiha Gokcen Airport, and plans are underway to install a similar wireless coverage solution in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.

“Andrew’s DAS solution is the first Turkish installation to support three frequency bands and three wireless operators with one dynamic system,” said Andrea Casini, Andrew’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Europe, Middle East, North Africa. “We are pleased to bring the coverage and capacity solution deployed in airports, subway systems, sports stadiums, and other large structures around the globe to Turkey’s new airport.”