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I’ve been posting videos that highlight the hidden innovations inside the metal communications boxes you likely see throughout your neighborhood. My last video reviewed some of the cooling solutions inside a typical CommScope enclosure. Another challenge that service providers face when deploying technology outside the plant is environmental protection.

Outside plant equipment can be exposed to all sorts of conditions – rain, heat, cold, wind, fog, even shotguns (at least here in Texas). It’s important for service providers to ensure that the technology is protected and can withstand harsh environmental conditions. Stringent requirements are spelled out in standards such as the Telcordia General Requirement for outside enclosures (GR-487) and others from United Laboratories (UL), IEEE, ESTI, the NEC and the IEC. Let’s take another look at an enclosure to see how it’s done. . .

About the Author

Lindsay Allen

Lindsay Allen is director of strategic planning and marketing, Carrier and Cabinet Solutions, responsible for global product management of CommScope’s environmental secure enclosures for wireless and wireline networks. Prior to joining CommScope, Lindsay spent 13 years with General Instrument and Motorola in various marketing, strategy and business intelligence positions for numerous broadband access network technology product lines (cable modem CPE, VoIP CPE, digital cable headend and set-top boxes). In addition to his technical business roles with CommScope, Motorola, General Instrument, and Ampex, Lindsay brings more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Lindsay holds a BS in chemical engineering from University of Florida and an MBA from University of Central Florida.

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