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Revolutinary Percise Measuring With Direct GPS-Over-Fiber-Optical Fibers

With increasing capacity demands worldwide, enhanced coordination within data centers, enterprise applications, and small radio access points is critical. This requires very low latency, precise timing and synchronization, which are essential for successful operation. However, it can be challenging for telecom operators to install the multiple antennas that are often required for this timing, due to the complexity and effort required.

From 5G increasing the number of radio points, to the rise in enterprise and data center demand, a weather infrastructure that is flexible, scalable and easy to install is critical. As a result, HUBER + SUHNER developed a game-changing Direct GPS-over-Fiber solution that addresses current challenges today and beyond.

Working Challenges

The traditional GPS infrastructure, often used to provide timing, consists of an active GPS antenna connected by a coaxial cable to the receiver system. This setup has proven problematic for enterprises and telecom operators as they want to scale up their infrastructure to meet growing demand. With a maximum of eight baseband units (BBUs) per antenna and lack of cabling clearance, additional equipment can be considered. Connections between the antenna and receiver system are limited to 200 meters in a traditional coaxial connection, while direct GPS-Over-Fiber technology allows for lengths of 7 to 20 kilometers or more.

There should also be access to readily available power and the antennas must be lightning shielded to protect them from rooftop conditions. Space is another challenge that must be overcome. With so many antennas already in place, it can be difficult to find room for additional deployment.

Game-Changing Technology

The new GPS-Over-Fiber solution from HUBER + SUHNER was created to overcome common deployment challenges and is the first of its kind. It is quick and easy to install, with flexible configurations that save space and eliminate the need for remote-end power infrastructure. This product makes network expansion highly achievable and provides an excellent business case for enterprises, telecom providers and data center operators.

With a compact design and integrated transmitters, the need for multiple GPS antennas is removed to help maximize available space and increase adaptability. The solution also goes a step further when it comes to availability and flexibility, with extended range enabled thanks to GPS-Over-Fiber technology that provides unlimited distribution flexibility. It also further extends the signal range between the antenna and the receiver.

The lack of a power source is no longer a problem with the only GPS connection without copper cables in the solution. This uses Power-over-Fiber technology to distribute both timing and power signals to the remote device. The Direct GPS-over-Fiber product also improves efficiency with automatic restart functionality and is easy to install with plug-and-play components. This allows customers to focus their valuable time and resources elsewhere.

Additional Benefits

Not only does this high-quality innovation from HUBER+SUHNER provide structure for telecom operators and data centers as well as enterprises, but it also increases performance with its space-saving design, helping to dramatically reduce the equipment required. GPS-Over-Fiber technology also improves services that help free up resources, which can then be invested elsewhere. Finally, it enables customers to exceed current potential by ensuring low total cost of ownership and optimizing total equipment life-cycle costs. By reducing the number of antennas required and negating the need for expensive remote antenna power infrastructure, more money is saved.