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January 24, 2011

Comba Joins ECTEL for Wireless Coverage at ALMA Site

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Comba Telecom Systems Holdings, a wireless enhancement solutions provider, announced the completion of supplying wireless equipment to a major mobile operator for 2G and 3G wireless coverage at the site of the largest astronomical project in the world, located in the Republic of Chile (Chile).

The billion dollar astronomical project is located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/sub millimeter Array). The project will build a single telescope composed of 12 meter antennas and receivers observing at millimeter and sub millimeter wavelengths. The main aim of ALMA is to offer insights into star and planet formation and will commence operations in 2012.

As the project involves several companies, communications is integral for the success of ALMA project. Comba works closely with system integrator ECTE, supplying wireless equipment including split band adjustable repeaters, indoor and outdoor antennas.

ECTEL was responsible for the systems installation and 2G and 3G services for outdoor and in-building coverage at the ALMA.

“We are delighted to work with ECTEL to supply complete wireless solutions to the operator whereby they are assured of the robustness of Comba's equipment in the harsh desert environment,” said Patrik Westfalk, general manager of Comba's Carribean and Latin America (CALA) operations, in a statement. “This latest success is testament to the confidence of Chile's operators in Comba and our solutions.”

“Through the use of Comba's equipment, the wireless operator is able to offer mobile phone coverage deep in the Atacama Desert – thereby facilitating communications for the ALMA project contractors and their employees within the site and to the outside world,” said Simon Yeung, executive director and senior vice president of Comba.

Recently Comba Telecom Systems partnered with NXP Semiconductors (News - Alert) for its high-speed converters for use in its digital repeater products. As part of the deal, Comba will use the NXP digital-to-analog converters in the transmitter of its digital cellular repeaters.

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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee


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