Fibre optic connector for harsh environments

Volex Group has announced the launch of its Robust Optical Connector, a multi-fibre optical connector for use in harsh environment applications. The connector is IP68 rated to ensure protection against submersion in water, while maintaining optical performance in a temperature range between -40°C and 85°C.

The Robust Optical Connector is a fibre-to-the-antenna (FTTA) connector designed for use on mobile telecoms cell-site masts, both for 3G and LTE (4G) networks. It connects into a remote radio head box (RRH) which resides up the mast, close to the antenna arrays. The product has been created incorporating opto-mechanical design concepts that isolate internally floating optical components from the harsh external environment.

FTTA technology has both cost and environment related benefits as it uses up to 50% less power consumption compared to traditional copper solutions, with no feeder loss. Within the install phases, its small size and lightweight properties mean it can be carried to site and handled easily at height, resulting in a faster install time. Optical cable assemblies enable data transmission at high bandwidth over longer distances, without the effect of interference or data surges.

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