Don’t Let Dirt on Fiber End-Faces Derail Your Cell Phone Network
Today’s mobile users demand speedy, reliable and omnipresent wireless connections. Fiber is becoming the technology of choice for mobile towers because of the insatiable demand for more and more bandwidth. Thus cell towers that once had three antennas for coverage may have two dozen antennas, and the best technology to move all that data is fiber. This process is generally described as “fiber to the antenna” (FTTA).
This means that “wireless” is not entirely free of wires and cables. The increased demand for cellular bandwidth to support fast growing data usage from smartphones and tablets requires building more towers and upgrading the capacity of the existing ones. More bandwidth means more antennas. More antennas means more cables up the towers. If those cables are coax, it means more weight and wind resistance, perhaps more than the tower was designed for. Lastly, RF (radio frequency) signals require lots of electrical power to transmit their signals since coax cables attenuate the signals at high frequencies.
In short, your new Samsung or Apple cell phone is totally dependent upon clean, reliable fiber connections coming from towers miles away. Here’s how to keep those customers happy.Download