Consumers are demanding more from your network—more bandwidth, faster downloads, better reliability. Cable management becomes a critical part of your network architecture, ensuring fiber optic cable maintenance and expansion are streamlined and seamless.
Americans are heavy users of smartphones and mobile devices. As our connections to technology increase, the signals from wireless providers become congested, slowing connection speeds and making service less reliable.
Wireless providers have no choice but to expand the spectrum, investing in their networks to bring us up to 5G and the gigabit internet.
The GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, estimates 600 to 800 MHz of additional spectrum need to be available for mobile broadband use by 2020.
"The rapid rise in traffic is putting mobile networks under strain, especially during peak periods," says a GSMA report on the mobile spectrum (Data demand explained, June 2015).
"To be able to keep up with demand in the medium- to long-term and to offer commercially viable services, operators need to use globally, or at least regionally, harmonised spectrum so that equipment makers can gain economies of scale for rapidly rolling out new equipment to allow mobile devices to operate in many countries."
As wireless providers work to expand their networks, engineers and technicians must be cognizant of their fiber optic cable-management practices.
Planning your cable management is critical to servicing and troubleshooting large network installations. A well-organized architecture helps simplify access to network equipment, streamline tracing of cables and ensure seamless ongoing performance.
Many network technicians opt for flexible plastic tubing. However, it can be difficult to work with, putting the fiber optic cable—and yourself—at risk for damage.
Slotted ducts better protect the cable from heat and bending, but they aren't flexible enough to wrap around a corner.
A solution based on snap-fit pieces that articulate front to back and side to side offers significant advantages.
One of the most difficult areas for cable management is on the equipment rack. Overhead cable management can mount to superstructure but how do you take the cable from horizontal ducts to the equipment and vice versa?
Vertical cable management must be compact and versatile, while still effectively routing cable and creating no impact on access to the equipment in the rack.
Telect CableLinks—specifically components as small as two inches—can route your cable up or down the rails of the rack. Individual components affix to the equipment rack with a single fastener or bracket and can be curved in a chain to fit a variety of environments.
Cables can be guided from racked equipment into the links or from overhead trough and cable drops to equipment in the rack. Simple lift-up gates and gaps in the links provide access points for cable to enter and exit the cable-management path.
Telect CableLinks address simple and more complex installations.
This articulating link cable-management system can move your fiber optic cable around obstacles, guide it into tight spots or direct runs to various types of equipment. The links pivot and rotate both horizontally and vertically to provide optimal flexibility.
System designers can then diversify the way they route cable to fit the application.
The flexibility enables complete configurability of the cable-management solution, while using simple, repeatable installation processes for efficiency.
The best cable-management systems are simple to assemble, helping to minimize the time and cost associated with installation. CableLinks snap together for the quickest assembly—and enable simple modification if requirements change in the future.
Snap-fit links require no cutting of components to fit space and, because of the ability to flexibly curve a chain of links, racks don’t have to be perfectly aligned with overhead cable drops.
A variety of sizes also helps simplify installation by providing multiple component options to fit the specifics of the application.
Compared to flexible tubing and slotted ducts, CableLinks have several direct advantages.
For on-frame cable management, link systems combine the protection and manageability of slotted duct and adds the flexibility of split tube.
The links feature rounded edges, eliminating a point of failure that’s common with split tube or slotted duct.
Compared to split tube, cable access is improved significantly with a link-based system. Slotted duct, meanwhile, features a rigid design, eliminating the flexibility that is a significant advantage for cable-management links.
Hey, we don't expect your data center to win any design awards but that doesn’t mean it needs to be a big, ugly mess either.
The Telect CableLinks system keep your wires neat and tidy for an orderly working environment.
The parts are yellow and black, providing a bold alternative to traditional telecommunications, data center and enterprise network installations.
The high-grade materials ensure long-term performance, while also making installation and assembly go faster. Solid component design means fewer supporting elements are required, reducing overall costs.
CableLinks meet material industry standards, such as UL 94V-0 ratings for fire-retardant plastic. NEBS and RoHS are other notable standards that Telect meets.
Sure, split tube and slotted ducts are less expensive ways to approach cable management. Plastic cable ties and wire brackets will even do in a pinch.
When you’re looking at ongoing operating expenses, however, you need to consider ongoing fiber maintenance and scalability. With cable-management links, you might pay a little more up front but the long-term effectiveness and ongoing usability help mitigate that cost.
A typical rack installation requires six to 10 feet of cable management.
You can get away with slotted duct or split tube to keep your costs down. Sure … until you consider a higher quality solution helps ensure long-term, ongoing network performance.
One simple troubleshooting issue, one slip of the split tube cutter, one cable bent too far can kill the savings you found.
And take down your network.
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