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CommScope grounding wire acts as copper theft deterrent

CommScope Inc. has developed a copper-alternative grounding wire that deters "copper theft and lower maintenance costs for telecoms and data applications."


January 18, 2012  


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CommScope Inc. has developed a copper-alternative grounding wire that deters “copper theft and lower maintenance costs for telecoms and data applications.”

The GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel offering has been designed for use in subsurface grounding grids, as well as inside and outside plant bonding applications.

“Companies trying to protect their copper infrastructure have been going to extreme measures to deter theft, many of which are neither successful nor cost effective,” said Doug Wells, a vice president at CommScope.

“Companies have increased security around their plants, going as far as laser etching their cables so they can be traced when they are stolen,” he said. “Others have coated cables with a special liquid that leaves a stain detectable under ultraviolet light. Despite efforts like these, thieves continue to steal copper because of its rising value. The result is costly damage to networks and growing service disruptions.”

Further information is available at www.commscope.com.