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Hughes Electronics unveils new cabling concept for cellular networks

Hughes Electronics has launched an advanced fibre optic and DC power cabling concept for cellular networks.

The OptiMod is the latest improvement in fibre cabling technology and has been designed specifically to address the needs of the cellular telephone industry,

Hughes describes OptiMod as both 'robust ' and an 'incredibly agile' system of interconnecting fibre and DC power passive transmission media that can deliver high-performance connections for hybrid, separate (DC and Fibre) or mixed cabling layout requirements in the harshest environments associated with cellular telecommunication networks.

At the heart of OptiMod is a new modular connector concept - H-Mod - that has been designed to protect fragile glass fibre cores in terms of both handling and installation. The H-Mod connections don't need tools, special skills or equipment but rather use a unique positive lock latching system that enables error-free connections every time.

LC fibre and high-performance DC connection modules combine in the same robust cast aluminium IP68 housing to form hybrid H-Mod connectors - one connection is all that’s required to transmit DC power and fibre to radio equipment, saving hundreds of man-hours in deployment.

Hughes hybrid cables are pressure-proof thanks to corrugated aluminium tubing and spiral steel armouring which provide absolute fibre protection against impact, bird, vermin and other hazards. Over sheathing with resilient HDPE provides superior UV and corrosion resistance.

H-Mod can also house discrete fibre or DC connection modules for use with separate power and fibre cables to support up to 8 RRUs per power or fibre connection.

Hughes Exterior Class fibre-only cable features high-grade low-smoke compounds formulated for harsh environments and like it’s hybrid sister cable, flexible steel armouring for crush and rodent resistance.

Hughes multi-core DC-only cable incorporates full braided shielding with optional functional earth and is available from single to 10 pairs of 10mm2 cores.

Neil Tyler

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