CommScope, Inc. will showcase during next month’s TechAdvantage® Conference and Expo how deploying an advanced broadband optical solution, as well as investing in copper alternative grounding wire, can reap big rewards for rural utilities looking to expand their service offerings as well as battle copper theft and reduce operating costs.

“We believe CommScope offers innovative solutions that help rural utilities provide advanced services to their customers while also helping them prepare for future broadband demands,” said Ric Johnsen, senior vice president, Broadband, CommScope. “Utilities can cost effectively deliver competitive high bandwidth services by deploying our advanced solutions.”

BrightPath® Optical Solution (BOS™) is a scalable end-to-end FTTx solution set across multiple fiber architectures that evolves a rural utility’s unique broadband network. Comprising a full suite of head-end, outside plant and premises solutions, BOS enables utilities to choose a product that meets the needs of today while providing a migration path to the technology of tomorrow. BOS also helps reduce power consumption in the outside plant by eliminating or reducing active components. BOS customers can cost effectively continue to deliver competitive high bandwidth services and fully leverages their existing infrastructures, while saving approximately $1,000 per mile on energy costs using a RFoG (radio frequency over glass) network.

During TechAdvantage, CommScope will also showcase its GroundSmart® Copper Clad Steel and Copper Clad Aluminum solutions.

“Copper Clad Steel continues to gain in popularity because of its lower cost, the integrity of the material and the suitability of its use in grounding applications as a replacement for pure copper wire,” Johnson said. “In an effort to reduce costs and eliminate theft in rural areas, utilities and telecommunications operators are turning to a practical alternative to solid copper.”

GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel provides a safe, highly reliable alternative to the use of solid and stranded copper for grounding applications. GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel is specifically designed to disperse fault currents and lightning strikes at a lower total cost of ownership compared to pure copper. It is an electrical conductor that has an outer sleeve of copper metallurgically bonded to a solid steel core. It can be jacketed with a polyethylene coating and printed to disguise and distinguish the wire from solid copper alternatives. Recently, GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel was named to Wire and Cable Technology International Magazine’s list of Top Products for 2011.

For inside plant bonding and grounding applications, CommScope’s Copper Clad Aluminum solution is a combination of these two metals resulting in a product uniquely suited for electrical applications where both cost and weight-to-conductivity issues are important.

The TechAdvantage 2012 Conference and Expo, hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA from March 6-9. CommScope’s booth (No. 314) will have interactive touchscreens showcasing many of the solutions the company has to offer the rural utility industry. CommScope will also participate in the Pulse Broadband booth (Booth 506), where the BOS solution will be on display.

BrightPath Optical Solution and GroundSmart are registered trademarks and BOS is a trademark of CommScope, Inc. TechAdvantage is a registered trademark of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

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