Every day, we rely on a network of cell phones, smartphones, landline phones, computers, tablets and cable television. If there’s a “break” in a connection, we could be without a particular service for an undetermined amount of time.

Operators go out of their way to protect their infrastructure because many of them offer a combination of high-speed data, advanced video and voice services. The reliability of their network is critical to their business. Operators deploy a variety of solutions, such armored cable and cable-in-conduit, to protect their cables. Both were developed to protect underground applications; however, there have been limited offerings to assist in protecting products used in aerial applications.

There are many things that could adversely affect aerial cables—natural disasters (such as hurricanes, blizzards, tornados and earthquakes) and accidents (for example, motor vehicle accidents resulting in a downed wire). And yes, something could even take a “bite” out of service. I’m talking about rodents!

Did you know that a rodent’s teeth continuously grow? Rodents, such as squirrels, frequently chew durable materials in an effort to wear down their teeth. Because it is readily accessible, aerial cables are an easy target. This nasty little habit can cause damage that may negatively impact the integrity of the cable, therefore decreasing the overall reliability of the network.

An alternative cable jacket from CommScope can reduce and, in some cases, eliminate damagecaused by rodents on P3 aerial cables. The patented-jacket material incorporates non-toxic materials that are extremely repulsive to the rodents’ sense of taste and smell. Field tests have indicated that once chewing begins, the culprit finds the experience unpleasant and will retreat before causing damage.

McGruff the Crime Dog famously said, “Take a bite out of crime!” Isn’t it time you did the same?

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Jeremy Brock

Jeremy Brock is product manager for Outside Plant Solutions for CommScope. He is responsible for the Cable-in-Conduit, trunk and fiber outside plant solutions. Jeremy has 19 years of experience and held various positions including production superintendent, product supervisor, QA auditor and manufacturing. Jeremy earned his Bachelor's Degree of Science in Engineering Technology from Western Carolina University with awards, honors and patents.

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2 comments for "Time For Operators To Bite Back!"
Jamey Little

Jeremy: We currently have a glass strength member that could be used in conjunction with this cable design to deter the rodent from continuing to chew on the cable. Please contact us if you would like additional information and we can enhance the protection and value to your "anti-rodent" design and market plan. Regards, Jamey Little Production Schedule and Customer Service Manager Fiber-Line, Inc. Hickory, NC

Jeremy Brock

Thanks for your response. We are quite please with our current product. I will keep you in mind for future opportunities. Jeremy Brock

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