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CONNECT, Q1 2018 Issue 03


Vision for 5G and IoT in MENA

According to the market research, MEA IoT spending is expected to grow by 15% in 2018, organizations will ramp up investments in connectivity that enables IoT solutions.

Dr. Hazim Al-rawi, the general manager for Comba Middle East and North Africa region, shares his thoughts on Comba's contributions and capabilities in connectivity enhancement in the region, as well as the focus to take on helping customers get on the 5G road.

Q1. How will the “disruptive” dimension of IoT impact on communication networks?

Hazim: IoT will potentially create a vast disruption in communication networks. This is concluded from the very definition of IoT as it consists of smart objects in the homes, offices, factories and all our surroundings that have the ability to interconnect and communicate with each other without the intervention of human (be it human-to-human or human-to-computer). Lots of features will move from central network component to the edge consumer devices, placing a huge challenge on the networks capacity handling.

Q2. How has Comba performed in the MENA telecom market so far?

Hazim: We had an excellent performance across MENA region in 2017. On BTS Antennas, Comba is now well recognized as the leading vendor especially after the 5-year global frame agreement with Ooredoo, across 10 OpCos, 7 of which are in MENA region, with a forecast to supply a huge proportion of BTS antennas. On the In-Building Solutions (IBS), we continue to be a leading supplier too and not only on conventional IBS solution for airports, shopping malls, hotels and VIP buildings but also for football stadiums. Comba is also very well positioned to take a leading role in technologies evolution, namely 5G, IoT solutions and smart city......


Innovative solutions for 5G smart cities debuts at MWC 2018 

Comba enables 5G connectivity with massive MIMO/ beamforming technology which supports both 4G and 5G networks; and the 5G digital DAS that offers both advanced LTE and massive MIMO beamforming technology, complementing the long-term development of 5G connectivity in the wireless communications ecosystem. 


Major base station antenna deal with Ooredoo in the Middle East 

It is a five-year agreement generating potential revenue of USD60 million for Comba, by providing base station antennas and associated ancillary products to Ooredoo in up to ten geographic markets. The project helps advance and expand Ooredoo’s macro networks capabilities and deliver ubiquitous 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G connectivity to end-users, enterprises and government organizations.


Investment plan in ETL for its 4G LTE network in Laos

Since the acquisition of ETL, Comba has been actively engaged in various operations from network analysis, network planning to investment planning, aiming to promote the company's development in telecommunication network and services, value-added and other services in Lao P.D.R at a fast pace.


Wining Chengdu metro line 8 phase I tender for turnkey project encompassing communications systems integration, equipment, and related services  

Phase I of the Chengdu Metro Line 8 is to link urban districts in Chengdu from south to north stretching 29.1km with 25 stations. The project involves four main systems for: specialized use, public security, passenger information and emergency communication, making its aggregate value around RMB 200 million.


The multi-million USD deal with leading Indian telecom operator  

Under the multi-year agreement, Comba becomes the major supplier of RF passive accessories to its partner to enhance its mobile network in the country, serving up to 442.5 million smartphone users by 2020 and generating millions of US dollars of revenue to the company. 


Being awarded as supplier of base station antennas for Brazil’s largest telecom operator

Comba is assigned as a key supplier of base station antennas to deploy a 4G LTE network for the largest mobile operator in Brazil, providing more than 30,000 base station antennas, including outdoor directional quad-band antennas and outdoor directional hexa-band antennas over a period of three years.  


Deployment of wireless "superhighway" networks on Brazil's longest and busiest highway

The 60km main highway connects the metropolitan area of São Paulo and the Port of Santos and other coastal regions. Comba equips the highway with ComFlex DAS as core system to help five major local operators provide 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE coverage. The project contributes to highway safety for both tourists and those in the transportation service business crucial to the Brazilian economy.


Two significant deals with Turkcell in Turkey

Comba will deploy its new range of 8, 10 and 12 port 4.5G base station antennas based on the Antennas Frame Agreement. In addition, the latest mPico platform will also be delivered to enable Turkcell to manage multi-band wireless connection with fast configuration at low operational costs without compromising network performance.


Winning Small-Cell Innovation of the Year Award

Comba has won the award at the 10th Telecom Asia Readers' Choice & Innovation Awards 2017 co-organized by Telecom Asia and Questex Media and readers’ votes decided who win. Comba was recognized for the innovative design of its Scalable Heterogeneous Network Solution in the small-cell category.


IWCE Honors Comba’s Steven Cheng for Next-Generation Leadership in the Wireless Communications Technology Industry

Steven Cheng, Regional Product Manager for Comba USA, was presented with the IWCE Young Professionals Award on March 8th, recognizing his creativity and initiative that help shaping the future of the communications technology industry.


Comba positioned as a niche player in a magic quadrant for small cell equipment 2017

Gartner evaluated 15 small cell vendors in its annual market analysis. In the report, Comba is positioned as the one with the highest for ability to execute, and a major player in the small cell equipment market. The analysis is a recognition of our R&D efforts and business achievements in innovative small cell technology that is commercially attractive.


Top 7 reasons DAS provides ROI for commercial real estate         -- REoptimazer

Lack of in-building coverage requirements jeopardize FirstNet’s effectiveness for public safety  -- agl magazine

Jeff (JR) Wakabayashi is the marketing manager for Comba USA. He is a member of APCO, and he participates with the Safer Buildings Coalition as an Education Committee member.


Reducing Time-Delay Interference (TDI) in mission-critical situations    -- Microwave&RF

"TDI is inescapable, but knowing how to mitigate its effect can lead to a stable in-building public safety communications DAS system and ensure stable voice communications for first responders." 

Don Henry is the public safety program manager/ director of sales for Comba USA. He has extensive experience in DAS solutions and is an active participant with the Safer Buildings Coalition Code Enhancement Committee. Don is also a member of APCO.

        *APCO (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials)

Heading to 5G enabled smart cities with customers  

Themed with On the road to 5G enabled smart cities,” Comba presented a range of innovative solutions at MWC Barcelona, embracing 5G, public safetysmart city and multi-operators solutions

Respected guests such as Mr Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst at Critical Communications Insight, and Mr Earl Lum, President at EJL Wireless Research, visited our booth to learn about our 5G solutions.


Contributing ideas and solutions to wireless and business communities  

Comba was an active member at several industry events in the last quarter, meeting industry professionals and showcasing our latest product solutions in different occasions namely Connected City Conference in Hong Kong,  DAS & Small Cell Congress Europe in Netherlands, City of Entrepreneurship in Portugal – Funchal City (view media interview from 54:15 to 58:11 in Portugueses) and Brazil Futurecom.

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    ComFlex DAS solution
    LTE CPE solution
    Small cell solution
    Network coverage enhancement solution
    mPico solution
        Antenna site solution  

Solution brief: Smart Pole

Comba's smart pole solution comprises pole sensors/ components, cloud management platform (Web GUI based), and mobile application. 

The smart poles can integrate with outdoor small cell or DAS as infrasstructure to satisfy high capacity, low latency, and battery preserving requirements needed for 5G or smart cities. 


Solution brief: Distributed Temperature Sensing

Comba's Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) solution can detect minor changes in temperature which triggers warning signs of damage or leaks at an early stage. It can monitor changes with a single fiber optic cable. 

The solution is suitable for different senarios, especially gas and oil pipelines, smart grids, building power cables, water pipes, and district cooling. 


Case study: Smart Solution for Outdoor DAS System

The project involves a solution of high power active DAS system with modular remote units installed across the highways and tunnels offered by Comba to help five mobile companies deliver 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE services in Sâo​ Paulo. An efficient voice communication and high speed data system has been set up to meet the high data traffic needs of this longest and busiest highway in Brazil. 


Infographic: Wireless Technology for A Smarter City

The infographic gives an idea of where Comba is standing in the wireless technology market, the types of technology to offer, use cases, technology talents, industry recognitions and the latest company facts.

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      On the road to 5G enabled smart cities
      Connected buildings solution
      Large venue and stadium solution
      Tunnel and railway solution
      Public safety solution
      ScanViS solution
        Massive MIMO antenna & 3D beamforming  
   May 15 - 17  Critical Communications World, Berlin, Germany
   May 21 - 23 SCWS World 2018, London, UK
   Jun 12 - 14 5G World ExCeL, London, UK

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