Telecommunications lines are as important as power supply lines, as they are crucial for the functioning of the emergency services, industrial plants, offices and other businesses.

  
If the telecommunications network goes offline due to a lightning strike, this can have far-reaching consequences. For example, when emergency radio networks are affected, the result is that ambulance, fire and police resources and responses are compromised. This is why lightning protection is particularly important for telecoms buildings.
  
When you consider that more than 2,000 thunderstorms occur throughout the world at any given time, producing around 100 lightning flashes per second, any lightning strike can destroy a radio system that isn’t properly protected and grounded.
  
With increasing dependence on computers and communications networks, protection from system disruption is essential. A complete lightning protection system should be installed, complete with surge protection.
  
Enhanced protection, conforming to British Standard BS EN 62305, further minimises the risk of flashover, which can create dangerous sparks or electric shocks. It offers repeated protection in lightning-intense environments, protecting critical systems and equipment from damage.
  
Various devices can be used to protect mains power distribution systems that feed critical electronic equipment.
  

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