Power is a critical element to a reliable communications network. This may be even more so in rural areas, compared to urban areas, as the economics of a rural build don’t support multiple last mile networks and the physics of a rural area often don’t allow wireless communications. Nowhere is this more evident than at Volcano Communications, which has a service territory that ranges from the foothills made famous by the California gold rush to the spine of the Sierra Nevada.
Several months ago, I chronicled how the Volcano telecom network was the only outside link my elderly parents had when they were snowed in for a week and without that network, who knows what would have happened to them. In this video interview, we talk to John Lundgren, VP of Engineering of Volcano Communications, who explains their approach that created a power system that is more reliable than the traditional power grid.
This power design is integral to Volcano’s long-term plan they have had since the 1990s to distribute electronics further into the network and bring fiber closer to the customer; creating a more reliable and more robust network.
This video made possible by Calix, Inc.