Huber+Suhner, a Switzerland-based manufacturer of cables and connectors, is entering the burgeoning small cell market with a line of connector heads, called Masterline Ultimate SC products, that are extendable, allowing for daisy chains of connections to small cells.
According to Aleksandar Lazic, Huber+Suhner's product manager of small cell products, in addition to being extendable, the Masterline Ultimate SC products provide a number of other benefits, including a clear demarcation point and a small form factor. The small form factor is particularly helpful in the U.S. where light poles often have restrictions on the size of equipment that may be attached, he said.
Lazic added that Masterline Ultimate SC products are weatherproofed against wind, precipitation and extreme temperatures. He also said that the products are vendor neutral, so they can be used with equipment from a variety of vendors, such as Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei.
Wireless carrier small cell deployments are attracting a variety of hardware vendors to the small cell area. ABI Research in 2014 reported that the market for outdoor small cell equipment grew 33 percent over 2013, reaching $1.8 billion.
Huber+Suhner also unveiled Color Cube OTDR monitoring products. These products allow fiber monitoring to analyze the state of a live passive optical network, without interrupting the signal. The company has indicated that these products are small enough that they can be installed into existing networks.
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