Banner Health Taps CommScope for Systemwide In-Building Mobile Wireless

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Banner Health, a Phoenix, Arizona based healthcare provider with hospitals and clinics in six states, has selected the CommScope Era C-RAN antenna system to deliver strong, consistent mobile coverage in its facilities.

Reliable wireless connectivity can be critical in hospitals, and Banner Health’s IT team wanted a solution that ensured coverage throughout the building. Banner Health had previously leased a distributed antenna system (DAS) but wanted a system that its IT staff could deploy and maintain.

Based on the proven success of CommScope’s ION-E®, the all-digital Era runs over standard IT structured cabling infrastructure that is familiar to the IT team, and that can be leveraged for future services such as 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).

It can even share fiber with other services to deliver major cost savings. Because the system supports multiple service providers, Banner Health’s physicians, staff, patients and visitors are all assured of connectivity.

“We wanted a system that was easy to deploy and maintain with in-house resources and would provide reliable mobile wireless connectivity for our user population,” said Rande Newhard, director of IT for Banner Health. “Era supports all of the major wireless carriers and provides a solid foundation for our future mobility requirements.”

“Mobile wireless is critical infrastructure for hospitals and Banner Health is leading the industry by providing in-building coverage and capacity throughout its facilities,” said Bruce Markling, vice president for Enterprise Mobility Solutions at CommScope. “CommScope’s Era system leverages our decades of wireless innovation to make in-building mobile wireless robust, easy and cost-effective for large and mid-sized organizations.”

CommScope helps design, build and manage wired and wireless networks around the world. As a communications infrastructure leader, we shape the always-on networks of tomorrow. For more than 40 years, our global team of greater than 20,000 employees, innovators and technologists have empowered customers in all regions of the world to anticipate what’s next and push the boundaries of what’s possible.


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