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Telecommunications: Cell Sites

For more than 10 years wireless service providers have been rapidly building out their infrastructure and coverage areas. Thousands of cell sites are built each year to keep up with an increasingly mobile market. On average, a single cell site will provide service in a 3 mile radius. A typical cell site consists of a base station and wireless antenna attached to a structure. The base station is usually connected to leased T1 service from the local exchange carrier.

High Voltage Isolation

In cases where cell sites are located within a high voltage power corridor, i.e. a power substation or transmission tower, leased copper telephone lines must be isolated from the local ground due to high voltage ground potential rise. Ground potential rise (GPR) is a phenomenon common in most power stations and transmission towers in North America. During a GPR event the power station or tower ground will rise in voltage potential in relation to remote ground.

Power stations have extensive grounding and bonding to ensure all structure within the ground grid is at the same electrical ground. When a leased metallic (copper) telephone cable is installed into a power station or tower it presents a path to remote ground. When GPR occurs voltage potentials as high as 100kV are possible.

Industry Standards

  • IEEE 1590-2003
  • IEEE 487-2000 (Annex F)
  • FCC-Part-15
  • Motorola Standard 59

The Fiber Optic Link isolates telecommunication lines by replacing the copper telephone cable with an all-dielectric fiber optic cable within the high voltage area. The Fiber Optic Link can completely eliminate the presence of the telephone line remote ground insuring the safety of personnel and greatly improving equipment reliability.

Industrial network components must be capable of withstanding harsh environmental conditions such as extreme temperature ranges as well as lightning strikes, Ground Potential Rise (GPR) events and power surges.

RLH industrial hardened analog and digital copper to fiber voice/data equipment provides isolation from environmental and outside disturbances in environments ranging from –40 C - +70 C.

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RLH manufactures fiber optic links for all types of Telco services. Contact us today for a solution that fits your needs.

Fiber Optic Link Applications

Common Fiber Optic Link Applications Include:

  • Applications from 2 Wire Analog Phone to High Speed Digital Circuit
  • Any Location Where Critical (Must not Fail) Communications are the Priority
  • Locations Served by Copper Telco Facilities where a GPR of 1000 Volts or more are present
  • Wireless Facilities (PCS Equipment) Located on or Around High Voltage Utility Transmission Towers
  • Wireless Facilities Located on Mono Poles to Protect Against Lightning
  • Any Telco Facilities Located in High Voltage Environments
  • Wireless Metering Services with Entering Data Lines
  • Solar Generating Facilities with Entering Data/Voice Lines
  • Point-to-Point (building to building) Fiber Communications Applications

To find out more about our fiber optic solutions, please call 866-363-4237 or email us today.