Imagine that you work for a telecommunications company that is struggling with recurring and rising maintenance costs. On top of the maintenance issue imagine that installing new towers, which already take days to deploy, are taking longer than expected, eating futher into your bottom line. These were the exact issues that AT&T was facing when they came to us, looking for solutions, back in 2015. Unfortunately, these issues continue to plague many telecommunications companies today.
In our discussions with AT&T we learned that they were struggling to quickly and effectively weatherproof the dozens upon dozens of connections they have up on each of their towers. Poorly weatherproofed connections result in a variety of problems, problems that impact service and lead to maintenance costs. Commonly used weatherproofing solutions, like tape and butyl, also proved difficult to install and unable to provide longterm protection. AT&T liked the idea of cold shrink tubing but the options on the market in 2015 were lacking as they were not able to provide the watertight seal that AT&T needed.
That’s what drove us to develop silicone cold shrink tubing, which, with its incredible shrink ratio, provides an IP68 rated watertight seal. The IP68 seal provided by our cold shrink tubing is so watertight in fact, that we are able to dunk connections in water for over 30 minutes, more than a meter deep, with no water leaking into the connection, (learn more about the IP rating system here). Additionally, our silicone cold shrink tubing has incredible weather resistance properties, including its ability to withstand temperatures ranging from -76 degrees farenheit, up to 446 degrees farenheit.
Needless to say, AT&T was impressed. AT&T was quick to approve two silicone cold shrink models, the SDL-1A-125 and the SDL-DC-152. These two parts proved, and continue to prove, to be superior to other forms of weatherproofing in just about every way. First and foremost, our cold shrink tubing provides the watertight seal that the connections on these towers need. Secondly, our cold shrink is able to install in seconds without the need for additional tools. For towers with dozens upon dozens of cables and quite possibly more than 100 connections in need of weather protection our cold shrink tubing has vastly reduced installation times, oftentimes cutting a full day off of a new tower installation. Third, AT&T was thrilled to have greater consistency in their weather protection installations, consistency that further reduces the need for maintenance down the road.
For these reasons and more we have seen our relationship wtih AT&T and our role in the telecommunications industry in general grow by leaps and bounds. We have added numerous models to our silicone cold shrink tubing lineup to address different cables and connector types, and we’ve created new weatherproofing solutions like our weatherproof boots, as well as our slide locks, which allow for re-accessibility. Since 2015 AT&T has approved an additional 10 parts, (see all AT&T approved parts here), and more recently we’ve been given additional approvals with Cox Communications and T-Mobile.
You can learn more about our weatherproofing solutions on our RF Weatherproofing page, or you can see some of our solutions specific to the telecommunications industry below. In recent years we have also added 50 Ohm cable assemblies that are designed to perfectly pair with our weatherproofing. Our cable assemblies are tested to the highest standards and come kitted with either our Silicone Cold Shrink Tubing or RF Weatherproof Boots.
You can learn more about all of our telecommunication product offerings below.
Gamma RF Weatherproof Boots
Our Silicone Boots have been designed and manufactured in 10 different sizes, to perfectly match and provide watertight seals to various cable and connector combinations ranging from 7/16 DIN down to NEX10, (and yes, that includes JMA connections as well). Our boots are the easiest install/uninstall you could possibly find, making them one of the best weatherproofing choices in terms of reaccessibility. As easy as they may be what’s more impressive is that these boots continue to provide the IP68 weather protection our customers expect from our products.
Gamma RF Coaxial Cables with Weatherproofing
Gamma high performance, low PIM, coaxial cables, pair perfectly with our weatherproofing products. Our low PIM cables are individually tested and are shipped with a label displaying the test results directly on the cable, with test results that easily stay under the -155 dBc threshold. Our cables come in a variety of sizes with numerous connector options and your choice between our RF Weatherproof Boots or Silicone Cold Shrink Tubing for watertight protection.
With our Low PIM, RF Coaxial Cables you get the best performing cables with the best performing weatherproofing: a match made in heaven.
Try Gamma RF Weatherproofing
Want to try our RF Weatherproofing? No problem! We offer 3 weatherproofing samples for $25, which includes free shipping to the contiguous 48 United States.