The explosion of mobile data demand has triggered operators to make global investments to upgrade existing 3G networks and to build 4G infrastructure.
This technology change started in developed countries over the past few years and is now entering developing countries as well. Mobile operators, installers and system integrators face new challenges to commonly install up to 18 RRHs per site, to integrate new dualmode and antenna integrated radios, to rollout ever increasing network complexity and to simply boost the network capacity.
Time constraints are becoming more significant when considering time allocated to the site installation itself and when dealing with ever-compressing project roll-outs.
Installation friendly hybrid (Fibre Optic and DC Power combined) cabling systems allow time-sensitive installations to be completed in shorter timescales whilst maintaining (even improving) performance over alternative cabling solutions due to rugged FO jumper interconnects, allowing future upgrades/changes to be carried out with minimal service interruption – even across equipment vendors.
Slimline, boxless, highly flexible hybrid cabling solutions can be mounted to the structure (be it tower or rooftop) within limited spaces and without adversely affecting access to and from the Remote Radio mounting area – a real benefit on small tower heads.
Barry Sampson is the Application Manager of Fibre Optics at Huber + Suhner.