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Photos: The SCTE Power Tour

Major cable operators such as Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Cox Communications Inc. have turned commercial services into businesses that now pull in more than $1 billion per year. (See Cable Stokes Its Business Services Fire and US Cable Firms to Bank $6B in Biz Services.)

Serving businesses has become a great growth engine for cable and a way to siphon revenues from their telco completion, but now MSOs have even more business to protect as they face stringent service level agreements (SLAs) that require them to keep their customers up and running even when the power goes on the blink.

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is helping out in this regard with the deployment of a hardened, small-scale hybrid solar/hydrogen fuel cell system at its Exton, Pa., headquarters that's designed to keep the Society's key IT functions (email, core network, database systems, and website) humming for up to seven days if the power goes out. It can keep things afloat for longer than that if there's a way to keep the hydrogen tanks replenished.

SCTE took Light Reading Cable on a tour of the setup. Click on the image below to start a slide show of what they've assembled.

It's already been taken to task a few times, most recently when Hurricane Irene blew through last August and the SCTE was cut off from the main power grid for eighteen hours. SCTE estimates that its backup power system has been called in to action for 24 hours of run-time so far.

The deployment, which is serving as a case study for the cable industry, is just one component of the Society's broader Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI). Check the stories below to learn more about it.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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jeffersonkeaton 1/9/2020 | 1:55:08 AM
Tours I honestly recommend everyone to never visit this ancient city at all. The organization of the Colosseum Underground Tour were not coorporative at all. I would not recommend anyone to travel with this and waste their money on it.
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