NGMN Recommends a Common RF Cluster Connector for 5G Deployments

The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance has recommended the use of a common RF cluster connector for early 5G deployment. NGMN’s new white paper – Recommendation for RF Cluster Connector for use in 5G NR 8T8R TDD Deployment – describes the selection process and explores the features that make a common RF cluster connector the most suitable for early 5G deployment. 

Across the mobile communication industry, there is an increasing demand for highly integrated antennas with a large number of RF ports. At the same time, antenna size is a critical factor in network deployment which limits the number of connectors. Cluster connectors solve this problem by integrating several RF ports into single connectors.

In order to provide a cluster connector recommendation in time for operator antenna roll-outs, the NGMN cluster connector project was established. The aim of the project was aligning the industry towards using a common cluster connector in order to bring O&M benefits to operators. Following the conclusion of the project, the cluster connector type C (MQ4/5) is recommended for early 5G deployment. The project was comprised of leading international operators as well as network equipment, antenna, and connector suppliers. 

NGMN will also be hosting its eighth Industry Conference & Exhibition, taking place 21st to 23rd April 2020 in Paris, France.

Click here to download the RF Cluster Connector Document Published by NGMA.