Small Footprint, Big Advantages: 4.3-10 Connectors

Pedro-Torres--thumb--8-10-16 Pedro Torres August 11, 2016

43-10-connector-comprAs traffic growth soars in mobile networks, operators and network infrastructure vendors face two related but distinct challenges. First, they must seek ways to improve network efficiency in an attempt to transport as much data as possible in limited spectrum. Second, they must do so while justifying capital expenditure (CapEx) and operating expenditure (OpEx) investments.

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With these factors in mind, the mobile industry has standardized a new RF connector commonly known as 4.3-10, which is set to supersede the existing 7-16 DIN and N connectors. 4.3-10 connectors have been developed to prevent most of the performance issues inherent to the current 7-16 DIN connector. They are also designed to remove as much complexity as possible in the installation of RF equipment such as feeders, antennas, filters and tower mounted amplifiers.

Miniaturization is a trend not only applicable to antennas but to other RF equipment including remote radio units. 7-16 DIN connectors today occupy a significant amount of space in these units, making them a potential obstacle in the path of equipment evolution over the next few years. This is particularly evident in small cells. With a significantly smaller footprint, the compact 4.3-10 connector will improve port density in both macro and small cell RF radio products.

The 4.3-10 connectors have a weight reduction of up to 60 percent and space reduction up to 40 percent. To learn more about 4.3-10 connectors, check out the new white paper, Small footprint, big advantages: how 4.3-10 connectors enable the networks of tomorrow. It describes the key characteristics of 4.3-10 connectors and how they can help operators boost capacity and control costs in the deployment of new sites and evolution of existing sites.

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About the Author


Pedro Torres

Pedro Torres is director of technical sales, Southern Europe and CALA, for CommScope Mobility Solutions. He previously worked for Ericsson as chief technology officer, Radio Access Network, for the Telefonica Global Account, and in prior roles in research and development, system engineering and IP and RAN solution sales. Pedro holds a master of science degree in telecommunications engineering from Madrid Polytechnic University.