Testing the Connections

CS1_0611_blog Yves Petit June 22, 2016

Are you ready yet?Imagine a cluster of homes nestled in a cozy, coastal town. A family sits down to watch its favorite streaming show, and the connection is way too slow or doesn’t download at all. And it might have everything to do with the salt in the air.

While living in beautiful places like this has its advantages, a downside is the daily saltwater mist that permeates the air. Small but mighty salt particles can wreak havoc on a neighborhood’s fiber distribution hub (FDH) or multi-port service terminal (MST), eroding the connections inside. And there goes movie night.

Rain, Snow, Sleet…

Several other environmental factors besides salt can damage a closure and the connections inside: severe heat or cold, snow, sand, water and even sunlight. Other man-made factors like grease or chemicals can be detrimental as well. When fiber connections are damaged, replacing or repairing them can get expensive.

That’s why solid engineering and rigorous testing are crucial to maintaining the integrity of hardened connectivity – and keeping all of those environmental or man-made factors out. CommScope is committed toachieving the telecommunications and safety standards set forth by local and regional government bodies, and global standards set forth by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Beyond the Norm

But as a team, CommScope goes beyond that. A global company like ours needs to be agile in its approach to engineering and set its own high standards. We leverage our global knowledge and decades of experience in the outside plant into all of our product designs.

As the last phase of engineering, successful tests don’t happen overnight. We spend weeks and months in engineering, and then we spend several more weeks and months testing the products. We expose our outdoor closures, rugged connectors and adaptors to freeze-thaw tests, thermal cycling and humidity aging to ensure the quality of the product in any condition.

But we don’t stop there; products then go through vigorous vibration testing and a full range of stress and mechanical tests. We submerge outdoor closures in water; we heat them to see if they shrink or expand, bombard them with chemicals and test whether they will withstand the worst environmental conditions.

Our goal as a company is to make products that last for several decades. Longevity is in our DNA. That’s why testing is such an important part of engineering to us. We want to be sure that our customers know we engineer products to stand the test of time.

About the Author


Yves Petit

Yves Petit is the Vice President for Active Solutions with CommScope’s Connectivity Solutions. He specializes in strong business development and corporate planning in fast-paced technological environments, as well as strategy negotiation for large and complex projects.

Yves has 22 years in development of active solutions and incubating technologies prior to joining CommScope in 2013. After a successful start-up, he spent time at Alcatel and Technicolor, holding different positions in business and corporate development, product management, M&A and BU management.

Yves is based in Belgium and speaks five languages. He holds a master’s degree in business engineering from the University of Antwerp, and completed his executive education at INSEAD.