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Small Footprint, Big Advantages: 4.3-10 Connectors

Posted by Pedro Torres on August 11, 2016
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.

To Clean or Not to Clean

Posted by Marcus Ash on July 13, 2016
Keeping fiber connectors clean is of utmost importance to wireless network performance. The problem in trying to maintain a pristine connector interface is that dirt is everywhere. But a single speck of dust can be a major problem when embedded on or near the fiber core. In today’s blog post, Marcus Ash explains the cleaning process CommScope recommends for HELIAX FiberFeed, and provides links to a few resources that can help keep your connectors clean.

Can You Afford to Use Substandard Network Products?

Posted by Jeff Epstein on December 14, 2015
Low-quality cable accessories and structural elements can threaten the performance and reliability of wireless networks. They might be less expensive but can also be less reliable over time. Substandard products ultimately perform poorly in the field and can lead to network performance problems in ways that aren’t initially obvious. Jeff Epstein explains more and provides examples in today’s blog post.

Modernizing Mobile Networks in Australia

Posted by Reece Baines on July 30, 2015
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.

Installing an LTE Cell Site

Posted by Mike Fabbri on July 13, 2015
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.

How Can You Power Cell Sites More Efficiently?

Posted by John Chamberlain on July 1, 2015
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.

Get a Jump on PIM

Posted by Mike Schaefer on June 10, 2015
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.

What Do Biking and FTTA Cabling Have In Common?

Posted by Chris Stockman on June 3, 2015
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.

A Small Solution to a Big PIM Problem

Posted by Mike Schaefer on April 21, 2015
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.

CommScope Definitions: What is a Remote Radio Head?

Posted by Ian Bourke on April 10, 2015
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.

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