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Tower Dome Terminals From 3M Offer True Plug-and-Play Connectivity

A new product family from the 3M Communication Markets Division offers wireless network operators an easy, scalable and flexible method for managing fiber and power cables at the cell site. 3M(TM) Tower Dome Terminals simplify cable management, weatherproof sensitive connections, and enable quick and easy installation, leading to reduced operating costs and improved network reliability. The product family will launch at CTIA 2013, to be held May 20-23 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. 

3M(TM) Tower Dome Terminals simplify cable management, weatherproof sensitive connections, and enable quick and easy installation, leading to reduced operating costs and improved network reliability. (Photo: Business Wire)

3M Tower Dome Terminals offer solutions for fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) cabling configurations commonly used in advanced 3G and LTE/4G networks, including trunked fiber cables, power cables and hybrid cables. The terminals are used at the cell site where fiber and power feeder cables connect to the jumper cables leading to remote radio units (RRUs).

The 3M difference is in the design:

   -- The plug-and-play External Cable Assembly Module (ECAM) system, exclusive 
      to 3M, enables fast, craft-friendly installation and sealing. The system 
      allows cables to be prepared for installation on the ground at the cell 
      site and/or factory. On the tower, the ECAM plugs containing the cables 
      simply snap into the terminal ports, so the tower hand spends less time 
      in the air performing cumbersome tasks, such as sealing and 
      strain-relieving cable ports. 
 
   -- The IP68-rated terminals (with integrated fixed O-ring) provide a highly 
      reliable, weather-tight seal and reduce the chance of installation error, 
      helping to protect network reliability. 
 
   -- A tool-less dome latching mechanism allows quick sealing and re-entry for 
      easy changes and maintenance. 
 
   -- Designed to enhance performance and signal integrity, the terminals 
      separately manage fiber and power cables and accommodate standard fiber 
      bend radius specifications. 
 
   -- The terminal's modular design allows the addition of optional surge 
      protectors or power terminal blocks, enhancing system flexibility. The 
      product family can accommodate up to 12 RRUs. 
 
   -- The terminal's small, sturdy mounting bracket and low-profile design help 
      reduce tower loading and further simplify installation.