CommScope unveils Heliax to speed up FTTA deployments

10 September 2021

CommScope’s Heliax SkyBlox has been specifically designed to facilitate network operators to speed up their fibre-to-the-antenna (FTTA) deployments on the back of optimal network performance. With the growing prevalence of 5G deployments, service providers are facing the pressure of installing complex antenna-radio connections across crowded 5G-enabled networks.

Weighing one kilogram, this new piece of kit helps to minimise the impact on tower loads, as well as reducing typical total installation time by more than 50%. This includes mounting the box to the tower, configuring the fibre and securing all power cables. 

“Mobile connectivity is critical for economic renewal,” said Farid Firouzbakht, senior vice president of outdoor wireless networks, CommScope. “Network operators can expedite 5G network rollouts by selecting technology which will help them address challenges and simplify the installation. The new Heliax SkyBlox innovation marks another milestone in faster deployments and reduced carbon footprint.”

The Heliax Skyblox is purpose-built to streamline, simplify and support optimal network performance for new or expanding fibre-to-the-antenna (FTTA) deployments.  Made of 100% recyclable materials, CommScope claims the new system will support operators tackling the burden of time-to-market delays - with complex fibre and power architectures, as well as weight limitations on tower deployments, limiting how much load can be added to existing cell sites.