5G small cell sites typically consist of existing poles with attached concealed radio equipment and antennas, or more integrated poles packed with expensive electronic hardware. These densely packed nodes are increasingly susceptible to damage from overvoltage surges and transients, especially conducted disturbances through cables and radiated disturbances, from nearby events like lightning discharges. Since 5G networks will operate over large numbers of small cell sites, carriers, tower companies and A&E firms must make sure each site integrates high performance and flexible AC power distribution and protection devices to ensure continuous operation.