Telecommunications utilities are becoming increasingly more important to the way society operates. The physical utilities that support America’s telecom infrastructure – telephony, internet access, VoIP, data – are integral to the functional and reliable operation of some of the services we’ve all come to take for granted.
Why are telecommunications utilities so important? Aptus understands.
The Data Behind Telecom
In the United States, telecom is big business. Nearly all telecommunications providers are private, and the industry employs over three-quarters of a million people. The number of wireline networks is rising every year, and engineers are constantly improving the materials used to bolster efficiency: Copper lines segue to fiber optic lines, and so forth. Broadband and data service account for over $40 billion per year in annual revenue. Markets are continuously bullish on telecom because as a service, we’ve barely scratched the surface.
The Physical Side of Telecom Utilities
When most people consider “telecom,” they think of lightning-fast internet or digital office phones. Before actual voice and data can be rendered, however, service must actually be routed to customers through a physical network of wires, poles, transmitters, and lightboxes. Even wireless signals rely on hardwired, physical utility connections. It’s understood that most telecommunications networks operate like trees, with hub structures placed in high-use locations serving as “trunks,” sending signal or supporting physical wires that make their way over “branches” toward “leaves,” the end-users. In this way bridges, tall buildings, and highways make excellent support systems for telecommunications infrastructure.
Reliance on Telecom Utilities
Telecom utilities are more fragile than any of us like to think. Because the signals that provide cell phone and internet access are tied to physical structures, interruption in service is likely when that physical structure is damaged. Telecommunications lines attached to bridges, for example, are vulnerable in the event of a hurricane with strong winds; a downed central telecom line or a disconnected transmission conductor can make the difference in whether people on one side of the bridge can send or receive data.
It's important to remember that telecommunications utilities don’t just connect people, they connect operations. Some of the services citizens depend on are increasingly reliant on functional telecom utilities such as 911, public transit, and even entire “smart cities.” Maintaining and repairing the hundreds of thousands of miles of physical – and digital – publicly-facing telecom utilities should be a priority for any modern community.
Aptus works with telecommunications companies to improve bridge-attached telecom systems. From comprehensive installations to preventative maintenance, our crews offer the experience necessary to protect and advance some of the country’s most critical infrastructure.
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