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Upgrading Your Network: Transitioning to the Latest Generation of Fiber Optic Closures

Dec. 18, 2021
We all know about the critical need to upgrade aging networks. The internet of things is here and technological advances like telemedicine, precision ag, distance learning, remote work, autonomous vehicles, […]

We all know about the critical need to upgrade aging networks. The internet of things is here and technological advances like telemedicine, precision ag, distance learning, remote work, autonomous vehicles, and 5G and beyond all require huge amounts of bandwidth with lower latency. But this is a massive infrastructure undertaking, so how do you properly plan for this transition, especially when it comes to upgrading the current fiber optic closures within your embedded base?

With guests Dan Levac, National Sales Manager, Communication Markets, Preformed Line Products
and Matt Becker, Market Manager, US Communication Markets, Preformed Line Products

Dan Levac began his career in the telecommunications industry as a Cable Splicer with Bell Canada in 1980. After cutting his teeth in the splicing trade, Dan transitioned to a career with PLP in 1990. He began his PLP career as a Field Service Representative, where he was able to utilize his decade-long experience as a cable splicer to provide exceptional training, troubleshooting, and customer service to PLP’s end users. Dan was quickly promoted to Field Sales Representative in 1991, where he was responsible for sales and product support for the five-state region of IN, IL, MI, OH, and WI. He was promoted to Western Regional Manager in 1998 and to National Sales Manager, Communications Markets in 2017, where he is responsible for implementing PLP’s national sales strategy.

Dan also has extensive international sales experience, helping to grow PLP’s Communications market abroad. In addition to his impressive sales and product support career, Dan is also focused on developing new products for the communications industry and currently shares three patents for OSP products developed by PLP. 

Matt Becker began his career in the telecommunications industry in 2012 as a Technical Support Engineer in PLP’s R&E department. Utilizing 3D modeling software, Matt was responsible for creating parts for internal fiber optic management, storing and routing componentry, and mounting hardware, among others. He was also responsible for cost reduction efforts, supplier qualifications, and manufacturing troubleshooting. In 2015, Matt was promoted to Product Marketing Engineer, where he focused on new product development projects for PLP’s telecommunications market – taking formal stage-gate projects from inception to launch and serving as a liaison between PLP’s Technical Marketing and R&E departments.

In 2017, Matt was promoted to Product Manager, Communications, where he was charged with developing and marketing new products for OSP, including splice closures and trays, routing and fiber storage products, cable retention hardware, and mounting hardware. In 2019, Matt was once again promoted to Market Manager, U.S. Communications, where his product management duties remained, but he is also now responsible for U.S. customer support for bid proposal documents, product life cycle management, and P/L statements. Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University and a Master of Business Administration from John Carroll University.

Preformed Line Products (PLP®) is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and supplier of high-quality cable anchoring and control hardware systems, fiber optic and copper splice closures, and high-speed cross-connect devices. PLP offers innovative product solutions such as the COYOTE® family of fiber optic splice closures, organizers, trays, the ARMADILLO® line of copper splice closures and accessories, and the FIBERLIGN® family of pole line hardware.

The reliability of PLP’s complete line of fiber optic, copper, demarcation, bonding, and cabling solutions combined with the company’s knowledgeable sales, customer service, and technical support teams truly make PLP the connection you can count on.

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