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Press Release -- March 17th, 2022
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ABB’s small cell solutions provide reliability, efficiency needed to power the 5G transition

  • ABB’s CC1600 rectifier, CC1600 high-voltage DC/DC converter and QS200 downstream converter address power needs to support the small cell network buildout required for wide-spread 5G deployment.

With wider-spread 5G implementation and deployment taking place and expected to continue picking up momentum in 2022, powering next-gen networks reliably and efficiently will be essential. To help power its customers’ 5G transition, ABB Power Conversion has expanded its solution offerings with its CC1600 rectifierCC1600 high-voltage DC/DC converter, and a line power solution – its QS200 downstream converter.

“With 72% of today’s global tech leaders planning to transition to 5G within the next two years1, the time is now to build out or bolster network infrastructure to support the rising bandwidth demands that will come along with 5G deployment,” said Raj Radjassamy, 5G and wireless segment leader for ABB Power Conversion. “Wide-spread 5G adoption will require an influx of small cells to both support demand and expand network coverage. And energizing the newer radio equipment needed for 5G will require innovations at the power supply and component level as well.”

In fact, according to ABB’s recent survey of 204 Fortune 1000 CIOs and CTOs, of the criteria being used to evaluate 5G infrastructure providers, the highest priorities identified were product features (including power levels and efficiency) at 34% and reliability at 23% – further emphasizing the need for new power solutions to help enable the 5G transition. ABB is addressing this need with its latest small cell power supplies.

The CC1600-SC55 conduction-cooled rectifier provides reliable power in a sealed and weatherized enclosure that can be mounted on a pole, the side of a building, or various other outdoor locations that are vulnerable to the elements, making it ideal for powering 5G equipment. The 1600-watt (W) power supply also is available as a high-voltage DC/DC converter (CC1600SC54HV) that offers similar outdoor installation capabilities but is fed by a +/- 190-volt (V) DC input instead of the 240V AC input found on the CC1600 rectifier. It also can remotely power small cells from a centralized location with battery backup.

The QS200 is a sealed, 380V-to-48V submersible downstream line power converter that extends from a centralized power location to the load device through a twisted pair of copper cables. Designed for outdoor operation, the four-circuit converter can be strand, pole, or ground-mounted regardless of potential water saturation, making it ideally suited for low-power, outdoor distributed loads such as DSL-type broadband applications as well as small cell and 5G applications.

“With our vast experience in the wireless telecommunications space, we’re able to anticipate the needs of the industry and develop solutions to our customers’ toughest power challenges,” Radjassamy added.

To learn more about the ABB’s 5G and small cell offerings, click here.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.

ABB’s Electrification Business Area is a global leader in electrical products and solutions, operating in more than 100 countries, with over 200 manufacturing sites. Our 50,000+ employees are dedicated to transforming how people live, connect and work by delivering safe, smart and sustainable electrification solutions. We are shaping the future trends of electrification, differentiating through technological and digital innovation while delivering an outstanding experience through operational excellence for our customers across utilities, industry, buildings, infrastructure and mobility.


1 ABB’s data report, “Destination 5G: How Global Fortune 1000 CIOs and CTOs are Charting Their Course.

For more information please contact:

Matt Falso

ABB Power Conversion

+1 518 902-5038

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