The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance has released the NGMN White Paper on 4.3-10 RF Connector Migration Strategies. The White Paper describes migration proposals, application scenarios, and corresponding configuration strategies of the 4.3-10 RF connector. The aim of the proposal is to ensure the optimal migration from the 7-16 DIN connector (currently in use) to the 4.3-10 connector, further improving next-generation network performance and promoting a win-win strategy for the industry.
As the latest industry innovation, the new RF connector can be used on RRUs, antennas, and antenna line devices for RF signal transmission. Although the 7-16 DIN has been the predominant mainstream connector in existing network configurations, the rapid progress of MBB networks has driven the demand for smaller connectors to reduce equipment size while providing enhanced PIM performance.
The new 4.3-10 connector satisfies the increasing requirements for the development of the mobile communications industry, making the transition from the 7-16 DIN connector to the 4.3-10 connector a logical and welcome trend. The NGMN Alliance first established the NGMN 4.3-10 connector task force in May 2016, making considerable efforts to align industry migration strategies and reduce costs related to technology migration.
The task force was comprised of leading international operators, infrastructure vendors, and antenna suppliers. Heino Cumpanas, Head of the NGMN 4.3-10 task force and Director of Antenna Marketing and Product Management Huawei, praised the latest 4.3-10 connector’s compact size, simple installation, and additional reliable PIM performance: "These features will help promote the evolution of mobile communications products, enhance network performance, and reduce operator O&M expenditure."
Dr. Peter Meissner, NGMN CEO, emphasized that, "The NGMN White Paper on 4.3-10 RF Connector Migration Strategies will provide global operators with valuable information for successful connector migration with respect to reducing migration risks, and promoting a win-win strategy throughout the industry."