The mobile industry has standardized a new RF connector commonly known as 4.3-10, which is set to supersede the existing connector types. 4.3-10 connectors have been developed to prevent performance issues and remove complexity in the installation of feeders, antennas, filters and tower mounted amplifiers. Pedro Torres explains more about these connectors in today’s blog post and a new white paper.
CommScope just announced a new power solution for wireless cell sites called PowerShift. One of the more unique advantages of PowerShift relates to how it can extend the uptime of RF battery back-up systems. CommScope estimates that PowerShift can lengthen RF battery uptime by up to 35 percent. John Chamberlain explains more about this feature in today’s blog post.
Data intensive applications such as video conferencing, streaming and rich media via mobile devices are putting pressure on wireless operators’ networks in Australia. There are many improvements in the RF path that can provide them with the better performance, higher reliability and lower total cost of ownership that they need to meet rising expectations on network performance. Reece Baines highlights a few of these network infrastructure solutions in today’s blog post.
The most common source of the performance-degrading interference called passive intermodulation (PIM) is poor installation. That’s what CommScope’s Site Solutions and Services team has discovered over the years while performing audits of existing LTE sites. Installation errors are often related to improper connections that create PIM-generating problems. See today’s blog post by Mike Fabbri for more information and a link to the LTE Best Practices ebook.
As in all technology evolutions, improvements can be made to make new architecture more cost-effective and efficient. The power cable presents a specific challenge to successful remote radio unit (RRU) deployment in today’s wireless networks. And the race is on to find more creative and efficient solutions for powering them. John Chamberlain explains more in today’s blog post.
Traditional static passive intermodulation (PIM) testing alone cannot predict how RF path components will react to environmental factors. Dynamic PIM is a more comprehensive measure of PIM that takes real-world conditions into account. The latest additions to CommScope’s PIM-limiting portfolio are SureFlex D-CLASS cable assemblies with certified dynamic PIM performance. Learn more about them in today’s blog post by Mike Schaefer.
Fiber to the Antenna (FTTA) is one of the most efficient ways to implement LTE. There are many choices, however, in equipment and installation practices that will influence capital expenditures and system performance. For an overview of the considerations, check out today’s blog post by Chris Stockman and download the LTE Best Practices ebook.
Passive intermodulation (PIM) robs a network of the speed, efficiency and coverage needed to keep up with today’s wireless device users. To help prevent PIM from appearing in wireless networks, CommScope introduced its 4.3-10 small connector series. The 4.3-10 connector interface offers rock-solid PIM performance and a small profile. Mike Schaefer explains more in today’s blog post, which links to a new video about the connector series.
This latest post in the CommScope Definitions blog series explains what remote radio heads are. In short, they are part of an alternative network architecture for wireless towers in which the majority of the base station equipment is no longer located in a shelter on the ground, but in an enclosure at the top of the tower near the antennas. This helps reduce the coaxial feed line losses, increase system efficiency and provide a high level of flexibility in cell site construction.
Safety was a key focus at the recent NATE 2015 trade show. After attending the event, Eric Leichter reflected on how CommScope communicates about safety for its fiber-to-the-antenna and coaxial feeder cables. Eric offers some important feeder cable safety information in today’s blog post.