Solutions recently authenticated the superior performance of its smoothwall
aluminum cable for wireless networks through independent testing
conducted by Telab
B.V., a third-party independent laboratory specializing in testing
and international certification of electronic, electrical, and machine
Andrew Solutions' HELIAX FXL smoothwall aluminum cable and EZfit connectors are available in a complete range of diameters. Independent testing recently confirmed the excellent durability, crush resistance and electrical performance of HELIAX FXL. (Photo: Business Wire)
Made by Andrew Solutions, the CommScope, Inc. division that is a global
leader in wireless communication systems and products, HELIAX®
2.0 FXL is the first aluminum cable tested by Telab to pass 10
rounds of environmental testing, proving its durability in extreme
temperatures. HELIAX FXL’s solid triple-bonded construction also
demonstrated superior crush resistance while surpassing or meeting the
electrical performance specifications set by Telab for 26 other trials.
“Superior design and construction—that is the message we have been
delivering with HELIAX FXL smoothwall for years, which Telab has
verified in these independent tests,” said Stan Catey, senior vice
president and general manager, Cable Products, Andrew. “Wireless
operators around the globe are realizing greater cost-effectiveness,
improved flexibility, decreased installation times, less tower loading,
and excellent RF performance with HELIAX FXL.”
Telab, the leading test lab in China, conducted multiple stress tests on
HELIAX FXL based on the China
Communications Standard Association’s YD/T 1092-2004 standard, which
defines performance requirements for coaxial cable used in the nation’s
wireless communications industry.
Andrew submitted HELIAX FXL to Telab to test the long-term reliability
of its cable and as part of its continuing mission to serve the
expanding Chinese marketplace with wireless communications system
solutions. Major operators worldwide have been trialing and deploying
FXL smoothwall aluminum cable for close to a decade with over 48 million
feet installed in wireless networks globally. Andrew has seen an
approximate 75 percent increase in aluminum cable demand since 2004.
Highlights from the Telab testing include the following:
HELIAX FXL successfully passed 10 cycles of rising then decreasing
temperatures—from 25 degrees Celsius to 80 degrees and back to 25
degrees—with negligible degradation in attenuation and VSWR (Voltage
Standing Wave Ratio), key performance metrics for wireless cable.
Andrew cable showed flat panel strength 40 percent higher than
expected, proving HELIAX FXL can withstand accidental missteps and not
HELIAX FXL passed an accelerated salt fog trial, exhibiting the
cable’s resistance to corrosion.
HELIAX FXL displayed superior results in PIM (Passive InterModulation)
testing at the 900 MHz band, exhibiting -163 dBc when the expected
range is -140 to -150 dBc. A lower PIM reading means less likelihood
of interference signals in the receive band.
HELIAX FXL is Andrew’s high-performing, lower-cost transmission line
solution, which generally surpasses the electrical performance of
leading copper cables. The solid triple-bonded construction of HELIAX
FXL adds crush and tensile strength that far exceeds corrugated cables.
Andrew® smoothwall aluminum cable provides maximum RF coverage due to
better return loss and attenuation that surpasses or equals leading
copper cables. Lighter weight than all-copper cables, HELIAX FXL can
help reduce tower loading and freight costs.
Andrew and HELIAX are registered trademarks of CommScope, Inc.
is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication
networks. Through its Andrew
Solutions™ brand, it is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem
solutions for wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX®
brands, CommScope is a world leader in network infrastructure solutions,
delivering a complete end-to-end physical layer solution, including
cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network
design services, for business enterprise applications. CommScope also is
the premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband
cable television networks and one of the leading North American
providers of environmentally secure cabinets
for DSL and FTTN applications. Backed by strong research and
development, CommScope combines technical expertise and proprietary
technology with global manufacturing capability to provide customers
with infrastructure solutions for evolving global communications
networks in more than 130 countries around the world.
This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based on
information currently available to management, management’s beliefs, as
well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events.
Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are
subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could
cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently
expected. For a more detailed description of the factors that could
cause such a difference, please see CommScope’s filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. In providing forward-looking
statements, the company does not intend, and is not undertaking any
obligation or duty, to update these statements as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.
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