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CommScope Literally Writes the Book on the RF Path

CommScope leapt into the publishing world today by releasing a nearly 200-page e-book—authored by many of its engineers and technical directors—titled Understanding the RF Path. The book reports on complicated technical issues from the wireless communications industry in easy-to-read text, informing wireless engineers, business and marketing professionals, and other industry players about the state and evolution of wireless networks and infrastructure.

CommScope's new Understanding the RF Path e-book can be accessed as an app on iPhones and other Appl ...

CommScope's new Understanding the RF Path e-book can be accessed as an app on iPhones and other Apple products, Android devices and the Kindle Fire. (Photo: Business Wire)

Understanding the RF Path brings the wealth of knowledge about wireless networks that exists inside CommScope out into the world,” said Philip Sorrells, vice president, Strategic Marketing, CommScope. “This book has enough technical information in it to satisfy engineers while translating jargon into language the average industry person can understand. Our hope is that this book will preserve and advance knowledge across the wireless industry and beyond.”

Understanding the RF Path sheds light on the following topics:

  • History and evolution of wireless communications
  • Cell site construction and network planning
  • Technology basics of antennas, remote radio heads, transmission lines and other RF Path components
  • Solutions for co-siting, passive intermodulation (PIM), network reliability and site monitoring
  • Specific applications such as distributed antenna systems, back-up power, microwave backhaul and network protection

What’s in it for readers?

  • Installers will find recommended installation techniques.
  • Network designers can use the PIM system calculators.
  • Executives, marketers and product buyers can view embedded videos and gain insight into network concepts and equipment.
  • Entry-level telecom professionals and students can expand their knowledge of critical wireless components.
  • Understanding the RF Path also includes an overview of global frequency spectrum configurations, a glossary of wireless terms and acronyms, and author biographies in the appendices.

“We think there is something for everyone in this book, from a high-level view of the wireless communication industry down to some nitty-gritty physics formulas,” said Sorrells. “Publishing Understanding the RF Path is part of our ongoing effort—including the CommScope Infrastructure Academy and Andrew Institute—to educate industry players and promote best practices at the cell site and with other technology applications.”

A self-paced, online course that guides students through the material available in the Understanding the RF Path e-book is available through the CommScope Infrastructure Academy. The CommScope Infrastructure Academy delivers a comprehensive suite of online and in-person training resources to help organizations achieve high quality infrastructure design and installation. Academy instructors leverage CommScope's proven expertise in solutions for data centers, intelligent buildings, in-building wireless, intelligent infrastructure management and the RF path. CommScope also offers hands-on training courses for wireless network installers and network engineers through the Andrew Institute.

Understanding the RF Path presents knowledge that has been accumulated over the last 75 years at CommScope and companies it acquired, including the former Andrew Corporation. The Andrew® name now serves as CommScope’s brand for its complete portfolio of wireless solutions.

Understanding the RF Path is available in digital format for viewing online and as an iTunes, Google Play and Amazon app. To access the apps, users need to request a user name and password. The Understanding the RF Path e-book can also be downloaded in PDF form and easily shared through social media. CommScope plans for it to be the first in a book series about various communications industry topics.

Andrew is a registered trademark of CommScope, Inc.

About CommScope

CommScope ( has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions includes critical infrastructure our customers need to build high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create, innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at work, and on the go.

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based on information currently available to management, management’s beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently expected. In providing forward-looking statements, the company does not intend, and is not undertaking any obligation or duty, to update these statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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