Driven by 5G adoption and an ever-increasing demand for capacity, the radios and antennas needed to support multiple frequency bands and higher-level MIMO are growing more complex. In under five years, port counts have increased from less than 10 per antenna to as many as 30. Mating each radio port to its associated antenna port—while suspended atop a tower—is becoming more costly and risky.
Creating a secure, low-loss feed requires time and precision to prepare and torque each connection properly. Cluster connectors, which connect multiple ports at once, have addressed some of the issues. Now a new generation of tool-less cluster connectors, with TDD/FDD support and easier-to-handle cabling, offers more significant improvements. This article identifies some of the added capabilities of these new solutions and what to look for in selecting the right cluster connector. Download this informative white paper now: