Cirtek / Quintel launches 5G antennas for US export

Cirtek Holdings Philippines Corp., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Quintel USA, Inc. has launched a new generation of antennas designed for the US national rollout of 5G services.

“For years, growing communications and inter-connectivity demands have burdened telco operators,” said Quintel President Michael Liu in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange.

He explained that there are three primary ways of adding capacity to a network. First is acquiring new spectrum, second is using spectrum more efficiently, and third is “densifying” the network.

“Spectrum is a scarce and costly resource which is left between carriers and regulators. From an equipment maker’s perspective, large innovations can be achieved in terms of spectrum efficiency and densification in pushing the network envelope through specialized techniques and these are what Quintel’s new product are all about according to,” Liu said.

Quintel announced that it has achieved a pioneering status with regards to its 12-Port Dual Diplexed Antennas that deliver a compelling feature of simultaneous independent tilt at 700MHz and 850MHz bands.

The independent tilt feature allows managing spectrum license boundary areas in between adjacent cells, state borders or carriers.

In doing so, it allows network operators strict coverage cut offs translating to efficient radio network and spectrum planning.

The precise but dynamic coverage cut off promotes better frequency reuse that leads to network densification, a key enabler for 5G.

Quintel’s Dual Diplexed Antennas are also available in 8-Port with sizes of 6 feet and 8 feet lengths respectively to accommodate rural, urban and suburban deployments.

Another differentiating feature offered in the new product line up improves coverage when antennas are deployed on rooftops that are set back from the rooftop edge.

Cirtek’s Vice President Tony Callueng said “Cirtek’s manufacturing capacity is currently running at 60 percent amidst the pandemic. It is expected to run up to 70 percent capacity by the time the Philippine lockdown is lifted to comply with COVID-19 preventive measures until such time a vaccine is available or herd immunity is achieved.”

To answer for increasing orders yet maintain social distancing within the facility, it outsources to contract manufacturers in China that has fully emerged from the lockdown last March after having been hit by the pandemic that first appeared in December 2019, a few months earlier prior finding its way to Philippine shores. As part of Cirtek’s business continuity and expansion plans, it is in talks with an additional contract manufacturing partner in China as well as qualifying a new Taiwan facility in response to supply chain diversification and business resiliency plans moving forward.

Manila Bulletin

Published by: James A. Loyola

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