Feature Article

April 02, 2012

CommScope Readies Interconnect Solution for LTE and More

Whether upgrading the wireless network to increase capacity, gain speed or improve efficiencies, operators often feel like they are solving one problem only to end up with another set of concerns. To address the RF footprint issue, end-to-end solutions provider CommScope has readied a new generation interconnect solution that promises to eliminate such concerns.

In a statement, said Stan Catey, senior vice president of Cable Products at CommScope, “HELIAX 3.0 is poised to become the interconnect solution for LTE. As network complexity increases, it’s critical to have one trusted solution that helps you deploy new technology quickly and easily.”

He added, “Operators must manage both national and regional networks with varying preferences, installations and technology overlays—doing so cost-efficiently is a growing challenge for them. Many networks now use both traditional coax and hybrid fiber components, which can make it difficult to ensure all equipment works together efficiently and properly. We believe HELIAX 3.0 brings it all together for operators in a way that hasn’t been done before.”

According to the maker, piecemeal upgrades, particularly in the RF path, can cause more than short-term headaches when they lead to imperfect connections, confusing installations and increased risk of interference and degraded transmission. CommScope said that its purpose-built HELIAX 3.0 avoid these issues.

The manufacturer said that HELIAX remote fiber feeder (RFF) cable combines power conductors and fiber into a single, high-performance cable that delivers all the efficiency, capacity and savings needed to transition to the next phase of a network’s design.

Furthermore, as per the description of the product, the RFF Cable features a gel-free design, a UV-rated outer jacket, rugged lightning-tested shield, and dry moisture-blocking elements within each fiber component. It is available in single-mode or multi-mode with fiber and power conductor configurations and counts to supply a wide range of remote radio unit designs, said CommScope. Built-in redundancy provides insurance and future-proofing for LTE, WiMAX, MIMO or whatever the future holds, added CommScope.

To address rising demand at traditional sites for a lighter, more flexible and lower loss RF transmission, CommScope has readied HELIAX FXL. By comparison to corrugated all-copper cable, HELIAX FXL’s innovative smoothwall design delivers several benefits in addition to capital and operating expense savings, including 200 percent greater crush resistance, 30 percent lighter weight, 70 percent better stretch resistance and 10 percent improvement in attenuation.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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