Today throughout the developed world we
largely take instant communications for granted. Only when they are disrupted
do we realize how important they are to us – the ability to speak to family and
friends is a core human need.
Unfortunately, loss of communication often
occurs at time of greatest need – when our homes and families are at risk
through natural or man-made disasters. There are many theories as to the
fundamental cause of the tragic
wild fires sweeping through
California, but the same flames that are
destroying people’s homes are also taking out cell sites and other critical
infrastructure – depriving communities of communication just when they
need it most – the call to emergency services for help; or hopefully, the
reassuring call to loved ones that says “don’t worry – we’re safe.”
CLICK TO TWEET: When disasters strike, communications become even more critical.
At CommScope, we can’t do much about the
cause of such fires, but what we can do is work with service providers to
rapidly replace equipment, such as antennas, with the shortest possible lead
time to get damaged sites back operating as quickly as possible. We do this by
designing products, such as our new USX
and HX series microwave antennas,
in a modular way so we can leverage our global network of manufacturing
facilities to deliver materials in a timely manner. This is allowing us to deliver replacement
equipment to our customers in the California area quickly.
The real heroes in all these situations are
the emergency services, who work tirelessly to protect the rest of us, and the
local service providers, whose crews get fire ravaged sites back up and
operating in an amazingly short time. It is up the rest of us to give them the
support they need and deserve.