Choosing the most effective 5G cell sites for Passive Intermodulation (PIM) mitigation

Nearly all cell sites suffer from some degree of signal interference due to passive intermodulation, and 5G cell sites are particularly susceptible because of their high data density and greater signal integrity requirements. Effectively identifying candidate sites for PIM mitigation can help improve the long-term stability of the network. There are two main approaches to determining where to install PIM mitigation technology: 1) Universal/Preventative PIM Mitigation  Given the relatively minimal cost of conducted PIM mitigation kit installation compared to new site builds required to offset reduced capacity from PIM, carriers may wish to simply install conducted PIM mitigation kits universally

Watch: How to Install 3M™ PIM Mitigation Kit 1300

3M™ PIM Reduction Kit 1300 is the first and currently only known conducted PIM mitigation solution. This kit helps protect against conducted passive intermodulation, or PIM, issues while allowing for easier installation with virtually no downtime. Whether you’re about to install a kit at a cell site, or just want to learn about what’s included, our new video provides a quick 3-minute walkthrough of 3M™ PIM Reduction Kit 1300’s components and the step-by-step installation process. Written step-by-step instructions for installation can also be downloaded here.

5 Key Takeaways from the 3M PIM Mitigation Webinar

Did you miss the “Novel PIM Mitigation Techniques for Wireless Network Infrastructure” webinar? Watch it now – or review a few highlights below: 1) Existing PIM mitigation solutions are not intended to address conducted PIMRadiated Passive Intermodulation (PIM) is generated by a non-linear device directly irradiated by the antenna. In these cases, no induced currents are involved; the antenna itself emits signals that excite nearby non-linear objects, which then radiate PIM back to the antenna. – and so most popular PIM mitigation solutions focus on addressing this kind of PIM. But because conducted PIM is the result of currents in

Webinar: Novel PIM Mitigation Techniques for Wireless Network Infrastructure

Get up to speed on the latest PIM mitigation techniques to help enable the future of 5G technologies. In this webinar, 3M Advanced Application Development Specialist Jeff Tostenrude explores the challenges of conducted vs. radiated PIM, methods for PIM measurement, lab testing results and more. Watch now: Learn more about 3M PIM mitigation technologies and 3M™ PIM Reduction Kit 1300.

What’s inside 3M™ PIM Reduction Kit 1300?

Reducing conducted PIM – passive intermodulation caused by induced currents reaching a non-linear junction – is surprisingly easy, with the right tools. 3M™ PIM Reduction Kit 1300 is an easy-to-use, all-in-one solution that can help reduce conducted PIM and improve the signal-to-noise ratio of your 5G network. Let’s unbox 3M™ PIM Reduction Kit 1300 and see what’s inside.

AT&T Issues CEQ Numbers for 3M’s PIM Reduction Materials

AT&T has recently approved and issued CEQ numbers for 3M™ PIM Reduction Kit 1300 and 3M™ External PIM Absorber 1000.  These products are intended to mitigate conducted external PIM, which is not affected by traditional shielding methods.  Easy to install and no downtime required, the 3M materials do not interfere with antenna brackets and PIM hunting is not required.  Just peel-and-stick at the locations specified, that’s it! Product AT&T CEQ# 3M SKU Contents Comments 3M™ PIM Reduction Kit 1300 CEQ.57050 7100296995 1 kit Typically one (1) kit required per site, depending on # of antennas and sectors. 3M™ External PIM

Conducted PIM: What it is, why it occurs and what you can do

Conducted PIM can negatively affect your wireless network performance. Learn about its key characteristics versus more conventional forms of PIM and how you can quickly and easily mitigate it with new 3M material solutions.

Understanding External PIM: Radiated vs. Conducted

Passive intermodulation (PIM) is a well-known source of noise for the wireless industry. But do you know the difference between conducted and radiated PIM? While both come from external sources and can have a huge impact on your system, conducted PIM is consistently overlooked. Discover the difference, why it matters and how to deal with conducted PIM.

7 FAQs About 3M Solutions for Transparent Antennas

5G is here. And it’s powerful. Network operators are densifying their networks to provide additional capacity and support future use cases. Antennas are increasing in number, complexity and size to support new spectrum allocations.[1] And in many cases, network operators, tenants and facilities managers will value inconspicuousness — antennas that are not easily seen in a lobby, a conference room or a terminal while enabling constant high-speed connectivity. Several months ago, 3M hosted a webinar with The International Wireless Industry Consortium on “Transparent Antennas for 5G Infrastructure Applications” outlining some of our latest solutions to balancing inconspicuousness with performance. 3M™ Transparent