Hybrid cables ease remote radio head installation for wireless deployments

May 1, 2012
From Cables Unlimited, the OptiFlex hybrid cables are produced to customer specifications combining coax, multiple fiber, Ethernet and power cable bundles within a rugged UV, heat and moisture resistant PVC outer jacket.

Cables Unlimited, a division of RF Industries (NASDAQ: RFIL), has its introduced custom, application-specific OptiFlex hybrid cabling products, designed for wireless carriers updating their networks to 4G, WiMAX, LTE and other emerging technologies.

According to the company, all OptiFlex hybrid cables are produced to customer specifications combining coax, multiple fiber, Ethernet and power cables bundles within a rugged UV, heat and moisture resistant PVC outer jacket that can withstand harsh weather conditions or direct burial. The custom cables are weatherized from end to breakouts, insuring optimal performance in environments up to 75 degrees centigrade wet or dry.

Cables Unlimited contends that the OptiFlex hybrid cables can provide optimal low loss performance with less cost than standard tower configurations by enabling: fewer tower runs; deployment lengths up to 550 feet with <10% voltage drop (based on radio power up to 950 watts); reduced or eliminated tower hardware; eliminated grounding cables; and shipping and deployment cost savings because of lower weight and more efficient site installations.

All assemblies are U.S.-manufactured and pre-terminated by Corning Gold certified technicians in Cables Unlimited's New York production facility, using Corning fiber components and domestic cables, fillers, shielding and jackets. Cables arrive pre-terminated with appropriate breakouts, weatherized and ready to “plug and play” with standard tools and basic fiber and power testers. For a quote, contact Craig Catalano at Cables Unlimited at (800) 590-9965 or (631) 563-6363, or [email protected].

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