Alpha Improves Network Efficiency by Extending the Reach of Network Power

The APB was created to improve network efficiency and reduce life cycle cost by eliminating lightly loaded power supplies at the end of long amplifier cascades.

February 7, 2012 -- Alpha Technologies, Inc., power solutions provider, introduces the Alpha Power Booster, an HFC Voltage Booster intended to improve network efficiency and decrease network cable loss.


In most broadband networks, system voltage drops as you approach the last mile of plant. To address this challenge, Alpha has developed the Alpha Power Booster (APB) to help extend the power reach of an existing network. The APB was created to improve network efficiency and reduce life cycle cost by eliminating lightly loaded power supplies at the end of long amplifier cascades. The APB accomplishes this by boosting end-of-line voltages, which allows deeper penetration of existing HFC networks.

The APB has a high-efficiency auto transformer that is configurable for a 90Vac or 60Vac output voltage. It comes standard in a water-tight enclosure that can be wall or strand mounted. The APB is most ideally suited where line voltage has dropped to between 65 to 75 volts and where downstream current draw is less than 7Amps. The use of an APB is dependent on the presence of an existing power supply in the network to help regulate its own power and also use the battery backup capabilities. However, it can also sometimes provide a viable alternative to adding another complete power system.

"For less than half the cost of adding a complete new power system, an APB is a great alternative to extend the reach of the network," said Jim Heidenreich, VP Product Management. "It is ideal for use in rural applications to reach the last mile or to extend beyond where utility sources currently exist."

The APB is currently shipping, and available to Alpha's worldwide customer base.

Alpha Technologies Inc. develops power conversion, protection and standby products for telecommunications and broadband cable industries, including custom, application-specific power solutions. In addition to product development, Alpha Technologies provides a comprehensive range of installation and maintenance services to support its global customer base. Alpha Technologies is a member of The Alpha Group of companies.

The Alpha Group represents a global alliance of independent companies that share a common philosophy – create world-class powering solutions for communication, commercial, industrial and renewable energy markets.

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