Wireless Cell Tower in a field

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, uninterrupted connectivity is a necessity. However, there are instances where building structures, environmental conditions, or a large number of users can pose challenges to cellular service or local wireless networks. That’s where Proterial Cable America steps in, offering innovative solutions through their cutting-edge Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS).

A Distributed Antenna System is a customizable antenna infrastructure that can be deployed onsite to address the connectivity needs of various environments. This advanced system enables the extension of multiple technologies, including 4G LTE, 5G, and even the emerging 6G high-speed data, ensuring seamless connectivity for all desired users.

Proterial Cable America is revolutionizing connectivity with its Distributed Antenna Systems. By deploying DAS solutions in challenging environments such as stadiums, campuses, large manufacturing facilities, and high-rise buildings, Proterial Cable America ensures that users can enjoy reliable, high-speed connectivity tailored to their specific needs.

PCA has invested significantly in sophisticated equipment and technologies that have enabled us to provide not only quality components that go into hybrid bundles, but also complex bundles necessary for cellular applications. Our clear understanding of the component manufacturing process and the subtleties of incorporating those components into a hybrid cell bundle makes PCA the ideal choice as a cable partner. We provide our customers high quality components for whatever the need.  

Direct current power wires used in cell tower constructions are 14 American Wire Gauge (AWG) to 4 AWG, stranded discrete wires. These are 600 volt (UL rated) DC wires THHN, THWN, THWN-constructions.

Low Inductance Wire utilizes (UL) Approved THHN/THWN-2 PVC/Nylon core with an outer concentric conductor comprised of single-end Cu strands, served around the insulated core, with an overall PVC Jacket.  High Inductance poses a challenge at the frequencies associated with 5G.  In this approach, the center conductor & outer concentric conductor have the same circular mil conductance area.  The spacing between the two is reduced, which yields a lower inductance & a smaller footprint vs. two (2) individual PVC/Nylon DC wires.

These are available in 4, 6 and 8 AWG, 19-strand constructions.

Alarm wire used in cell tower cable is frequently Thermoplastic Flexible Fixture (TFFN) wire or Machine Tool Wire (MTW). TFFN is a universal building wire most commonly used as “fixture” or “lighting” wire, while MTW is used for machine tools, appliances and control cabinets. MTW wire offers a high strand count, yielding a more flexible option than TFFN. Both styles are rated to 600 volts.

These wires are available from 22 to 16 American Gauge Wire (AWG) discrete wires or twisted pairs for tower applications. The Nylon coating over the PVC insulation improves oil, gas and water resistance.

Hybrid jumpers are used throughout wireless networks for
connecting radios to the antennas for 5G implementation.
These jumpers typically use two DC power wires and fiber
components to carry the signals.

Fiber Components:
• 900 micron tight buffered or 250 micron colorized
• Singlemode (SM) and Multimode (MM) available
• Fiber components 2 and up

Standard Shielding / Armoring Configurations Include:
• 3 mil (0.076 mm) copper tape (helically applied)
• 5 mil (0.127 mm) or 10 mil (0.254 mm) bare copper
tape corrugated (cigarette fold applied)
• Optional uninsulated bare copper grounding wire
• Braided shielding available: Bare or Tinned Copper, or
Bronze braids, and/or Aluminum Polyester with drain

Jacketing Options:
• Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE)

• Tray cable (TC-OF), 600V
• Oil resistance
• Sunlight resistance
• FT4 Flame rating
• Power Cables: -40°F (-40°C) to 194°F (90°C) (dry/wet)
operating temperature rating
• Hybrid Cables: -40°F (-40°C) to 176°F (80°C) (dry/wet)
operating temperature rating
• When used with fiber the temperature rating is based on
that of the fiber which is rated to 176°F (80°C)

Power jumpers typically consist of 2 to 12 conductor DC wires with an optional ground wire (bare or insulated). Based on the design, we can apply shielding, drain wire(s) and armoring as needed. Shielding is important in these cables because their location in the network is different than the large hybrid trunks which typically are not shielded. Therefore, some cell providers prefer to keep the power cables separate from the communications cable and power jumper designs serve those customers

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