Video thumbnail showing a large antenna installment against a city skyline.
Create a meaningful connection

The future of communications infrastructure is here — let 3M help you connect to what’s possible.

3M solutions for communications infrastructure

The promise of 5G speed brings new and exciting possibilities for global business, transportation, healthcare, entertainment and more. From IoT-connected homes and workplaces, to expanded virtual and augmented reality, many meaningful connections await.

You face many challenges across communications infrastructure — electromagnetic interference (EMI), signal transmission, heat dissipation, dielectric loss, aesthetics — and we have solutions that can help. We combine core technologies and repurpose existing capabilities, like longtime solutions for controlling EMI in electronics, to aid your signal strength and integrity — and that’s just the beginning.

From conductive gaskets for remote radio units to thermal management solutions for mobile edge server hardware, 3M solutions cover many critical applications. See how 3M products can help you connect your customers to new possibilities now and into the future.

Application areas

  • Antennas will need to be part of many different environments to accelerate 5G deployment. Materials from 3M can help you blend your antennas into more locations — especially indoors — without sacrificing signal strength. Now you can enable transparent antennas for better in-building coverage. You can also wrap radomes with camouflage film while maintaining signal integrity, even at mmWave frequencies, and more.

  • A base station must withstand heat and weather harsh environments while maintaining optimal signal integrity inside and out. Discover how advanced materials from 3M can help you build high performance 5G antenna systems and protect them with durable, RF-transparent and aesthetically pleasing radomes. Helping you reduce part weight and saving material costs are just a few added benefits.

  • Network infrastructure is processing huge quantities of data at record rates, with conventional CCL materials struggling to keep up. 3M offers a selection of dielectric materials to help you reduce signal loss and support high data transfer speeds in your CCL designs. In addition to optimizing signal integrity, you can manage heat dissipation and control thermal expansion for enhanced dimensional stability between layers.

  • Controlling EMI and mitigating PIM is crucial to 5G deployment. 3M can help you combat signal interference by helping you optimize 5G infrastructure, including key assemblies and components impacted most by EMI, with innovative products. Materials include grounding, shielding and absorber solutions as well as an innovative external PIM mitigation kit for rooftop and tower cell sites — all to help you improve your network performance and capacity.

  • 5G network infrastructure is built on a foundation of low loss plastic and composite parts: electrical connectors, housings and frames, cover glass and more. See how RF-transparent materials can enable you to strengthen parts and reduce weight, all while improving signal integrity. 3M provides a spectrum of solutions to help you balance dielectric, thermal and mechanical requirements for your exact 5G design needs.

  • Connectivity to 5G infrastructure like edge servers, base stations and towers must be optimized to address latency, signal integrity and environmental contamination. Materials originally developed to improve connectivity for data centers can help you deliver a reliable connection. They include cables with innovative folding capabilities and thermal management benefits, and connectors equipped with expanded beam optical technology for contamination resistance.

Line art of a cityscape on a pink to purple gradient background.
5G Infrastructure Blog

See how 3M can help you address your different challenges across the communications infrastructure.


Need help finding the right communications infrastructure solution?

Have a question or comment? Need assistance? Use the form to connect with a 3M sales representative. Include as much information as possible so we can respond promptly and accurately.