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Basics of smart poles and base station masts


Orbis Oy is developing new cabling and connectivity solutions for the 5G mobile network and smart cities. The ongoing pilot projects focus on smart poles that are significantly different from the traditional base station masts.

In this article, we try to summarize the most important things to remember when talking about smart poles.

Terminology and fundamentals

For this comparison, we have simplified the mobile network operations. Some variations have been deliberately omitted to make the presentation clearer.

Orbis cabling and integration expertise is key for smart pole functionalities


LuxTurrim5G ecosystem is developing its smart pole concept towards commercialization within two years. The joint effort of several companies and research institutions is proceeding well, and in May 2020 a pilot route of 15 smart poles will be completed in Kera, Espoo. Orbis Oy is responsible for the cabling, connections and assembly of the poles, which means active spring for the Orbis crew.

Digital services and infrastructure of a Smart City


We are living in fast changing times, moving towards the digital world. The role of data transmission becomes crucial when entire factories are being automated using robotics and artificial intelligence, doctors are performing surgeries remotely and self-driving cars populate the roads.

5G technology has been developed to meet the new data transmission requirements, including capacity, reliability, information security and low latency (delay).

OptoMast Smart City™ takes over cabling for smart poles, 5G and IoT


In the smart city of the future, information is provided by the numerous services, and these services also adapt based on the information. It is becoming more and more critical that data connections are reliable. The new technology is based on the sensors and network connected devices that need both communication and power supply cabling.

Why 4.3-10 connector is better than 7/16?


Building a mobile network with 4.3-10 connector

The mobile network base station and connector manufacturers have together designed a new smaller 4.3-10 connector to replace 7/16 connectors. New device models with this new connector have now arrived to the network installation scene. The new connector has better PIM value and it is suitable for applications which have space, weight or power limitations.