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PODCAST: The Future is Line Powering: How We Can Enhance the Performance of the Telecom Power Grid

May 12, 2022

The telecommunications power grid has evolved from centralized to distributed architecture, which means more elements spanning greater distances from central offices. While this has expanded the grid and network coverage, the challenge of powering these far-flung elements has created headaches. Conventional power solutions (i.e. local power) are capital intensive and cause lags in deployment, but what solutions exist on the market today?

Hybrid cables that contain both fiber optic strands for data transmission and copper wires to run power through them. These cables provide a streamlined, versatile and sustainable solution to line powering for the current telecom power grid and future evolution. In this episode, Tony Wilson, President and Owner of Telecom and Industrial Marketing Solutions, and Keith Hoover, broadband product line manager for Superior Essex Communications, explain how combining these two delivery methods into a single cable can Enhance the Performance of the Telecom Power Grid.


Tony Wilson, President & Owner, Telecom and Industrial Marketing Solutions

After 40 years working in the telecommunications industry, Tony retired and launched his own company in 2018. He is a subject-matter expert on line-powering FTTH and wireless applications. While working fort Alpha Technologies, Tony helped develop the latest generation of line powering products across the telecom wireless and wireline markets. His experience and research allow him to share a unique perspective on the needs, challenges and benefits of building onto the telecom power grid.

Keith Hoover, Product Line Manager for Broadband Products, Superior Essex Communications

Keith has more than 10 years of experience in the wire and cable industry, engineering and developing copper and fiber optic cable solutions. Before joining the team at Superior Essex, he held various roles in engineering, project management, and product development with industry leading organizations such as Corning, Volvo Group NA and TE Connectivity. Keith earned both a master’s degree in information technology and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.

About Superior Essex Communications

As the leading manufacturer and sustainable supplier of communications cable in North America, Superior Essex has consistently innovated at the forefront of communications for 90 years.