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Cable Technology Feature Article

December 14, 2011

India's Idea Cellular Switches Over to Smoothwall Coaxial Cable

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

The landscape of the Indian wireless marketplace is evolving so rapidly that operators find it hard to equitably balance network performance and costs. In this competitive scenario, Idea Cellular Ltd., India's third largest wireless operator, has chosen to replace the traditional corrugated copper HELIAX VXL with CommScope's superior performance smoothwall RF feeder coaxial cable.

"Deploying HELIAX FXL smoothwall cable enables us to evolve our wireless networks while remaining conscious of its energy footprint," said Anil Tandan, chief technology officer, Idea Cellular Ltd., in a press release.

Idea stated that it chose HELIAX FXL because it was more energy efficient, durable, lighter, stronger and more flexible. In addition, it required less electric power and fuel to manufacture and transport, had lower freight costs and required minimal maintenance.

Further, it is reliable even in challenging weather conditions and has proven to consistently give quality performance. As the outer conductor is made from aluminum and not copper, theft issues that normally plague network components is minimized.

"HELIAX 2.0 FXL smoothwall cable from CommScope is a great choice for operators and OEMs in India because of its superior performance and cost efficiency as compared to standard corrugated copper cable," said Stan Catey, senior vice president and general manager, Cable Products, CommScope, in a statement.

CommScope has a manufacturing center in Goa, India and has already installed in more than 100,000 sites throughout India. Additional production facilities are located in North America and China. The HELIAX FXL smoothwall cable is in used in many nations around the world and is paving the way toward a global eco-friendly communications infrastructure.

After more than a decade in the field, CommScope has supplied more than 100 million feet of FXL smoothwall cable to many well-recognized industry leaders. It has recently won the Golden Award for Green Communication Energy-Efficiency Technology in China.

In related news, China Unicom (News - Alert), one of the largest carriers in China, is deploying CommScope's smoothwall RF feeder coaxial cable in projects in Guangxi Province, taking advantage of the cable's superior performance and cost savings versus traditional corrugated copper cabling.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves