Fiber Optic Cabinets, Cables, Pedestals and Terminals

With all the talk and activity surrounding the LTE and 4G upgrades to cell towers in this country, lots of companies have asked if we have a solution that could minimize costs, not add significant weight and be easy to install.

Considering this all needs to happen at 300 ft. in the air, that’s a tall order.

My answer to these folks is the FieldShield SmarTerminal coupled with our FieldShield Pushable Fiber and Microduct. An engineer recently did a weight comparison for me based on a 3 carrier tower, using FieldShield Microduct and a 12-fiber drop. We would use a SmarTerminal on the deck of the tower and route microducts to each RU, even if there was not one placed yet. Microduct allows for the pathway to be established. If a new carrier needs an RU installed, you can easily push a single or dual fiber through the microduct and plug it in. This allows for a great deal of protection once the fiber is installed and the tower is turned up. The last thing you would want is for a technician walking around on the tower to step on a working fiber and take a carrier out of service.

So when we used this type of deployment method, we were able to remove about 43,000 pounds from the tower. How about that for a diet? With one 10mm microduct that weighed about 6 pounds total, we were able to feed the entire tower and give it almost unlimited broadband capacity. That is a weight loss program that the carriers both need and want.

So if your cell tower needs to go on a diet before it can be upgraded, look at the Clearfield FieldShield product line…it’s much easier than a treadmill.

By Scot Bohaychyk – Product Marketing/New Markets