Industrial Surge Protection and The Telecommunications Industry
The telecommunications industry has changed over time, becoming more and more technically complex as customers’ needs are met. This means that as customers request new improvements, the industry rewards the companies that can facilitate those requests through development and technological advancements. The sector itself moves forward by being driven by intense competition between players, with one company securing the customers of competing companies’ customers by rolling out the latest and greatest technology to their customers. By improving the services they provide, they easily move customers from one company to the next, ultimately forcing those who have not kept up to struggle for survival or evolve on their own. Improving services has been the case for nearly the entire life span of the industry, with customers flocking in large quantities to the company that can provide them with the clearest calls, the fastest data and streaming services, the best network coverage, at the lowest prices. This is all made possible through innovations that ultimately position more and more expensive computerized equipment in the field, creating more and more risk for the company leading the way and benefiting them with new customers. These reasons have made it so that any attempt to conserve funds by holding back on technological rollout is detrimental because the competitors will do it first. As new technology like 5G is developed, it creates a race among all providers to implement their own 5G cell sites, meaning millions of dollars of equipment being deployed across the area that is being covered. All of this investment is at risk, but there is no viable alternative other than putting it into service.
As your cell phone connects to a nearby cell site to transfer your data to the connected network, you are employing millions of dollars’ worth of computer equipment placed in harm’s way. Every one of those components can be damaged in many ways, the most extreme being lightning strikes. The cell sites positioned in areas where your cell phone can gain a signal connection are also prime targets for lightning strikes that can ultimately destroy the equipment and reduce your ability to connect. A customer who cannot connect soon becomes dissatisfied, and the risk of them moving to another carrier becomes greater. The way this situation is dealt with is simple. Carriers try to avoid network damage as best as possible by integrating safety features and hardening their networks. Surge protection devices are one very successful way to do this. A lightning strike may be unavoidable, but the damage resulting from power surges can be minimized effectively. By integrating technically advanced surge protection devices, the power surge can be contained and prevented from flowing along the pathways that data and safe current typically travel. Electrical protection stops the potentially damaging electrical surge in its tracks and keeps that nearby cell site functioning. You can connect to it more efficiently and remain a happy customer as a result.