FCE –  Fiber Coverage Extender

The Unique Solution for Broadcasting from Large Areas Events and Multi-Venue Sites

Enables the connection of up to 256 antennas to a single receiver via fiber optics cables in Star or Daisy chain configuration.

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ABonAir’s Fiber Coverage Extender - FCE™, based on wireless microwave technology, successfully facilitates the covering of complex live events taking place in very large venues or within dispersed multiple zones. AS the FCE implementation is done in the digital level and not the RF/IF level, ALL system functionality like Video, Audio, Intercom, CCU etc. is kept with the exact same performance.

FCE™ Key Benefits / Main Use Cases

  • Large area coverage with a single Receiver and unlimited number of antennas.

  • Dispersed multi-venue coverage, all with a single Receiver in a single control room.

  • Separation of the Receiver from the antennas by up to 15 km, utilizing fiber optics, for easy work with an OB truck or DSNG van.

FCE™ Key Features

  • Seamless roaming from one coverage zone to another without losing a pixel!

  • Star and/or daisy chain configuration
  • Quick and easy automatic setup with no manual intervention
  • Flexible deployment of any required number of FCEs
  • Fiber-optic based connectivity
  • Usage of the FCE enables all offered solution features, such as video, Intercom, CCU and others. 
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The Basic Solution: FCE-SingleZone™ separation of Receiver and Antenna up to 50 Km utilizing Fiber

ABonAir’s innovative solution is widely used in live events with complex wireless requirements where the antennas are positioned anywhere from a few meters to up to15 km from the Receiver. The FCE enables the installation of the Receiver at the control center or the OB truck, far from the antenna array positioned on the field. This configuration totally upends typical configuration settings where the Receiver must be close to the antennas.
The Receiver is connected to the FCE via a fiber-optic cable located in the field. The FCE can be connected to multiple antennas using a short RF cable that enables placing the Receiver up to 15 kilometers away from the FCE & Antennas in a mobile production truck, OB van or control room. The fiber connectivity configuration between the FCE is full duplex, enabling the system to maintain support over its entire features set: video, audio, camera control unit (CCU), intercom, IFB, and more.


Expanded Solution

The Expanded Solution: FCE-MultiZone™ Support for Multiple antenna

This revolutionary technology enables the coverage of live events on dispersed locations found on one large venue like university campus. Each zone is covered by an FCE, and all are connected to a main single Receiver. With Multizone™ FCEs, it is easy to extend the coverage almost endlessly.
Roaming from one coverage zone to another is remarkably seamless without losing a pixel!
The Multizone™ solution can be deployed in two topologies based on the venue requirements; Daisy Chain or Star or any combination of the two. The Multizone™ solution comes in a simple plug-and-play setup with an automatic configuration where the main Receiver identifies the chosen topology and adapts accordingly.


MIMO Multiple Input Multiple Output antenna array

MIMO is a method for multiplying the capacity of a radio link using multiple transmit and receive antennas to take advantage of multipath propagation. MIMO has become an essential element of wireless communication product especially those using OFDM

MIMO specifically refers to a practical technique for sending and receiving more than one data signal simultaneously over the same radio channel by exploiting multipath propagation. 


CCU  supports Sony, Panasonic, Ikegami, Grass Valley & Hitachi Camera Control Units (CCU/RCP)

Yes, The AB512™ unique Data port technology enables it to support all the major camera brand manufacturers CCU transparently over the wireless and also over the FCE.

CCU Supports
Intercom Integrated intercom & IFB using the same RF channel.

Intercom integrated intercom & IFB using the same RF channel

ABonAir’s system is the only one supporting integrated Intercom for communication between the cameraman and the director on the same RF channel as the video content. ABonAir’s system does not require an additional RF channel allocation for the Intercom or additional equipment support. This reduces cost, setup time and frequency usage.