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Telecommunications surge protection

The telecommunications industry is relied upon by millions of customers each day to provide them with the ability to make phone calls, connect to the internet, stream data and gain access to emergency services. The cell phone has become much more than a mobile telephone over the course of the last ten years. It is now the main connection device that many consumers have to nearly everything that is outside of their general location. As the demands of consumers to use their cell phones for more and more connection activities has grown, so too has the need for larger and faster data networks. Along with the demand has also grown the costs that are associated with operation and maintenance of the wireless networks themselves. More capacity means more operating costs, and while the increased demand should technically be associated with higher monthly bills, the competitiveness of the industry actually pushes charges down. As operating margins tighten, increased priority has to be put on the protection of the existing network equipment and the extension of the life spans of components. The most effective way to keep costs as low as possible is to prevent damage.

Telecommunications surge protection involves the outfitting of cellular towers and structures with surge protective devices (SPDs) that can not only divert a power surge away from sensitive equipment, but also help lower maintenance labor costs associated with equipment replacement, or even replacement of the SPD itself once it has performed its duty. Each time that a conventional (MOV, GDT or Hybrid device) surge protection device is triggered, it responds by cutting the circuit between the area that has been struck by a surge and the computer equipment which resides upn the electrical current downstream. When this connection is severed in order to avoid the damage that results from an unmanageable amount of electricity, it also renders the system non-functional until that connection is remade. When the system is not functioning, then the connection that consumers within a specific cell range are relying upon is also severed. While there is overlap in coverage areas in most regions, there are also more remote areas that rely specifically on a particular tower for its connection. If that tower goes offline, many customers will experience a lack of service. A lack of ability to connect to a network is the number one complaint of consumer cellular customers, and also is one of the main reasons that users will decide to switch to another carrier. In order to prevent unhappy customers, towers are tasked with staying functional for the maximum timeframes possible. For this reason, the SPD technology that is supplied by Raycap and its Strikesorb line is crucial to maintaining happy and connected customers, because it is capable of absorbing many surges without failure.

The prevention of lightning surge damage to components such as the remote radio head ( RRH ) or the Base Band Unit (BBU) at a cellular tower is a real threat. Raycap’s state-of-the-art surge protection technology Strikesorb helps carriers to accomplish this. There is an ever-increasing expectation from customers to be continually connected at rock bottom prices that helps drive the carriers to continually make improvements in their networks while at the same time remaining competitive. Protection of the network components and the customer base is crucial to survival in the telecommunications industry, and Raycap is the partner that can give carriers the edge.