Jun 17, 2015 - 12:30 PM
Cell sites that have been upgraded with LTE are a bit different. The antennas are larger - up to 8' tall and weigh 65+ pounds. Most newer antennas have 4 or more ports, and we have seen them with as many as 10 ports (aka "connections"). You will also see remote Radio Heads that average 22" x 18" x 10" and weigh 55 pounds. Hybrid cables are used, either in place of coaxial cables, or in addition to the coaxial cables. Hybrid cables have fiber optic strands in them as well as DC power wires. These hybrid cables need a junction box at the tower top to split out the hybrid fibers and DC power wires so those can be routed to different areas of the remote radio heads. 4G LTE equipment weighs 750 lbs per sector, and moving forward , 5G technology will weigh about 1500 lbs per sector. The newer equipment is so heavy, and there is so much of it, that the original pipe mounts need to be replaced when a site is modernized, because the original pipe mounts can't support the larger heavier equipment.
Modern LTE setup - large antenna 2 remote radio heads