PPC® to Unveil SignalTight™ Continuity Connectors, SignalTight Aqua Connectors Entry Series™ for Multi-Service Installations

Devices Reduce Service Calls and Customer Churn by Maintaining Constant Signal Continuity and Eliminating Moisture Ingress

PPC®, a leader in connector and filter technology for more than 65 years, today announced that the company will introduce its new SignalTight™ continuity connectors and jumpers, and SignalTight Aqua compression connectors with integrated port seals at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2010 in New Orleans. The devices create an optimal connection, reducing network degradation and service calls due to a less-than-finger-tight connection and moisture ingress.

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Digital services are seriously impacted by loose connectors, resulting in pixilation and tiling of video, reduced data speeds, and poor VoIP voice quality. To resolve this issue, the SignalTight continuity connector employs a revolutionary feature which prevents RFI ingress and maintains constant signal continuity even when the nut is loose. Since a single loose connector can affect the entire return path performance, SignalTight lowers the threshold of the entire node, increasing the threshold of CPE devices and drastically reducing service calls.

SignalTight technology is combined with PPC's future-proof Perfect Flex™ broadband coaxial cables in the SignalTight drop jumpers. Perfect for self-install kits, the products offer electrical performance of up to 3 GHz for future-ready installation, while minimizing the number of self-installs that turn into truck rolls. The jumpers are offered with or without a SimplEX® adapter in lengths of 36 and 72 inches.

Moisture ingress, and the resulting center conductor corrosion, is another leading cause of connector-related service calls. Port seals are very effective in protecting against moisture; however, technicians often forget to put one on, install the wrong size, or install it backwards, all of which can result in a service call. To eliminate moisture ingress-related service calls, SignalTight™ Aqua features an integrated port seal, so it cannot be forgotten or put on backwards. The unique design of the silicone seal adapts to long and short ports, making it impossible to install the wrong size.

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"By maintaining constant signal continuity and effortless, error-free implementation of a port seal, our SignalTight and SignalTight Aqua products dramatically reduce service calls and operational expenses for service providers, while increasing reliability," said Hans Fuller, director of marketing and strategy for PPC. "Providing a higher-integrity network increases customer satisfaction and reduces customer churn, which ultimately has a positive impact on the bottom line."

Innovative Solutions Reduce Installation Time, Lower Operational Costs for Service Providers, and Eliminate 60 Percent of Failure Points

PPC's Entry Series is the ideal all-in-one multi-service drop solution. Offered in five- and nine-port versions, the UL-listed devices combine four or eight active unity gain (no loss) ports with a completely passive voice modem port for service providers that offers lifeline voice service. Critical communication signals passing to and from the voice modem are never jeopardized by having to pass through active components, such as relays, found in typical bypass amplifiers.

The unique circuit design of the Entry Series, featuring Return Loss Saver technology, maintains Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)-recommended RF performance on the INPUT and voice modem ports even if power is lost or in case of IC failure. Engineered with additional nickel electrode gas tube surge protection on the INPUT port, the Entry Series can withstand surges that would cause standard amplifiers to fail.

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The Entry Series features dual LED indicators, patented enhanced conical seizure mechanisms, and excellent corrosion resistance for high reliability. The RoHS-compliant devices are also available with a stand-alone power inserter or a power supply with integrated power inserter.

"Today's technician is under pressure to complete installs very quickly, and unfortunately, that sometimes leads to jobs that need to be redone, in addition to unsatisfied customers," said Hans Fuller, director of marketing and strategy for PPC. "Our Entry Series is a simple yet unique product that offers a number of distinct features to improve the integrity of the drop. For service providers, the result is reduced installation time and products used, in addition to increased efficiency and customer satisfaction with every install."

About PPC®

With more patents in connector technology than any other company worldwide, PPC® has pioneered many of the advancements available in the industry today and is a proven leader in the design and manufacture of connector and related technology for the telecommunications, satellite, and wireless industries around the globe. PPC's innovations include the universal compression connector, which is widely used by all major cable TV and satellite companies; the Entry Series™ solution for multi-service drop installations; the 50-ohm compression connector for the wireless industry; and the only locking HDMI connector for professional and home installation. Headquartered in East Syracuse, N.Y., PPC also has locations in Denver, Toronto, Denmark, St. Kitts, and China.

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