Telecom systems are relied upon every day by people, businesses and the most sensitive communication platforms in the world. Everything from the simple task of calling home to let loved one’s know you are on the way, to the most critical call to 911 where a life depend on it, all go through the telecommunications systems that we have in place. Different telecom operators use different systems to provide service to their customers, and these customers have grown to not only rely upon their ability to access a network and communicate, but also to do it at faster speeds for less money. Every year the telecom networks are improved upon in order to handle greater capacities of data transfer and connectivity while all the while being provided for lower and lower prices. Just five years ago, video streaming on a mobile device was nearly impossible due to the large amounts of data that it would require to run smoothly. Today, we barely think about it. We actually become annoyed by any disturbances in the network, even though this entire communication technology would have been impossible a few years ago. This places enormous pressure on telecom providers to continually improve operations in any way possible, and it may seem odd but surge protection devices play a big role in this process. This is because surge protection devices protect equipment from the natural occurrences of lightning strikes, thereby protecting the network from downtime, and allowing consumers to get more of what they want for less money.
The costs that consumers are required to pay for their cellular bills are determined by the performance of the network, and the costs incurred in running it. A large portion of those costs come from the repair and replacement of equipment in the field which can be damaged or rendered offline by all kinds of weather events including lightning strikes. The strike to the top of a cellular tower damages the equipment known as the RRH or remote radio head. This equipment is connected directly to the BSU or base station unit at the bottom. While the strike itself would probably not damage equipment at the bottom of a tower, since it is connected together through these cables it is also prone to damage as a result of the power surge that follows. The electrical surge can follow these cables to distances far away from the strike point, as well as around curves and in other ways that power typically could not flow. For telecom operators this creates added cost for every lightning strike that happens, and can render systems offline for longer periods of time. Every moment that a cell tower is not functional creates customer dissatisfaction, and potentially can lose the operator business. This is why the integration of Strikesorb, the most advanced surge protection equipment available, is so critical to modern communications networks. It is also why it is so critical in determining the industry leaders in the space. The companies that employ the best surge protection systems are the ones that incur the lowest repair costs, and are also the ones that retain customers the longest.