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Powering 5G

5G is eagerly anticipated by all, the promise of high speed, low latency and the ability to shift large volumes of data, helping fulfil the early promise of wireless internet.

Prototype trials abound and whilst there’s still quite a long way to go one thing has become very clear, a whole lot more power is going to be needed to power the network.


NEX10® compatible interface X10® is the latest connector product offering by the Hughes Electronics development group tasked with providing advanced solutions for the telecommunications industry in the fight against PIM.

Hughes Electronics were the first company to recognise that a key to Pim mitigation is to separate the mechanical and electrical contact areas in connectors and have built that design feature into X10® the latest connector offering.

Keep It Clean And Carry On

A new study suggests that most installers don’t fully understand how important cleaning fibre interfaces before deployment is.

Greg Rymar at Hughes’ responded “Pristine interfaces are almost as important as good termination; time and again I’ve witnessed fibre being installed directly after removing the protective cap off a over connector and believing it to be clean deploying it immediately, perhaps worse cleaning connector end faces with standard alcohol wipes or worst of all deploying connectors that have long ago lost any ferule protection it ever had.

Management Problems!

Optical cables are set to lie at the heart of Britain’s superfast cellular networks but bad cable management is slowing downing down signals, incurring losses and under performance.

“The simple truth is that the industry relies on the same old school cable management techniques they’ve always used for Copper” says Carmelita Silva of Hughes Electronics.

5G Trials Forge Ahead In London

Hughes Electronics has been proud to supply components to the nine 5G trial sites in and around East London. But, as everyone involved with 5g knows, deploying the technology presents its challenges Howard Watson, BT CTIO says:

“Deploying this brand new layer is far from straightforward, this trial has helped us to understand and learn how to overcome the significant challenges that we’ll face in the coming years. New equipment at each site is essential to 5G. The trial has highlighted the following key challenges when deploying 5G:


Three and BT-owned EE had filed separate complaints over a proposed bidding war that was scheduled to take place later this year.

Three argues that Ofcom should be stricter with its spectrum caps, limiting EE's spending power and potential allocation, while BT believes that there should be no restrictions whatsoever. The High Court disagreed with both today, believing that Ofcom had done its homework and properly modelled how different caps would affect the outcome of the bid and, subsequently, consumer choice in the UK.

Frequency Optimised Jumpers improve PIM

Length is important (when it comes to cables)

Cable length in mobile base station structures is more important than previously thought according to a new study. Research suggests that standard metre denominated lengths of Jumper and feeder cables are rarely phase congruent (with commonly used frequencies) and can cause higher levels of PIM.