Surge Protection For Telecom Systems Saves Money

The telecom world is a very competitive business to be in. In addition to being unbelievably reliant on massive hardware and software investments, competition for customers drives the margins to lower levels every year. At the same time, the increasing demands of consumers for faster connection speeds, faster and larger data transfer rates and additional features means that system architecture and components become outdated rapidly. Consumers demand the most for the lowest prices, or they will simply move their business to a competing network. They also demand complete coverage no matter where they go, which means that if they are receiving poor quality reception or no reception at all, they are considering options that will provide these things to them. All of these factors create a situation where the telecom industry operates in the most intense competitive space possible, always pushing the limits further and further as far as providing the best services for the cheapest prices. Oddly enough, a lot of the edge for one company over another may come down to something as simple as surge protection devices.

Surge protection devices are integrated into systems which connect and protect cell towers in order to adapt to a design issue that has no better solution. The towers (natural magnets for lightning strikes due to their physical makeup) house RRHs (remote radio heads) at the top that connect to a BBU (base band unit) at the bottom. The two are both necessary components to the process because the equipment collaborates from top to bottom and back to the top to send and receive signals to and from the network. The components must be connected through power and data transfer cables, which means that if there is a surge of electricity at one point it will also affect the other. Since the tops of cell towers must be unobstructed in order to provide the best signals to customers on the ground, they are also commonly at risk to be struck by lightning. The strike creates a massive power surge that travels from the strike point down the tower framework and along any cables that it can couple into. The equipment at the top is often destroyed by the strike itself, creating a certain amount of expense for replacement and system restoration. If a barrier could be placed between the strike and the equipment at the bottom, then the power surge would not have an effect on it. Unprotected systems will lose the top equipment to the strike and the bottom equipment to the surge, creating double the expense of equipment replacement and longer times before the systems can be restored to functionality. Customers see poor service due to outages, and consider alternative companies as a result. The losses mount on both ends, and the winning companies are the ones who can deliver methods of protecting the equipment at higher levels and restoring service faster. This is where surge protection devices at the highest levels of technology will help to determine the leaders in the telecom market. This is where Raycap gives your company the edge it needs.

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