TE Connectivity notches NEBS Level 3 certification for FlexWave DAS host units

May 8, 2015
New certification optimizes TE's FlexWave DAS for use in central offices.

TE Connectivity's FlexWave Digital DAS Host Unit with CPRI and RF cards

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) announced that its FlexWave digital distributed antenna system (DAS) host unit has achieved Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) Level 3 compliance, meeting all telecommunications carrier standards for network equipment in central offices.

"NEBS Level 3 compliance allows our customers to take advantage of existing real estate in central offices to streamline the management of their networks by making the most of their physical assets with an all-digital DAS design that delivers the performance and flexibility to provide wireless services everywhere -- from inside of businesses, arenas and stadiums, to urban cores and suburbs, offering a strong business case for next-generation wireless networks," comments Peter Wraight, vice president and general manager of TE Wireless.

NEBS Level 3 is a set of carrier-class standards developed by Telcordia Technologies to standardize central office equipment around a strict set of requirements based on GR-63-CORE and GR-1089-CORE for attributes such as fire suppression, thermal margin testing, vibration resistance, airflow patterns, acoustic limits, failover, RF emissions and tolerance requirements. By attaining NEBS Level 3 compliance, TE's FlexWave DAS host unit can be transparently integrated into service provider central offices.

NEBS Level 3 compliant FlexWave host units are suitable for use in cloud RAN architectures and utilize existing wireline infrastructure to provide wireless access (real estate, power, HVAC, etc.). TE notes that deploying FlexWave host units within the service provider's central office allows the wireless operator to lower the cost of small cell architecture by enabling access to existing dark fiber and muxponder solutions such as CWDM for efficient, digitized RF transport. As a variant of the standard FlexWave host unit, the NEBS Level 3-certified unit will be familiar to installers and requires no retraining, add the company.

"We aim to lead the world in cloud RAN architecture, and this certification goes a long way toward making our FlexWave host standard equipment in central offices," concludes TE's Wraight.

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