10 Reasons Why "NEBS Certified Equipment" Is Important And Valuable

Previous Page:President's Letter
Next Page:Success Story

What is NEBS and why is it important?
Long a requirement for gear used in the Central Office in the North American Public Switched Network? The rigorous Network Equipment Building System (NEBS) criteria have become a universal measure of network product excellence.

The 'burn test' is one of many rigorous tests NEBS certified gear must pass
NEBS burn test: The "burn
test" is one of
many rigorous tests
NEBS certified gear
must pass.

Reliability of the telephone system is considered a national security issue, is demanded by consumers, and makes good business sense. Therefore, NEBS testing is taken very seriously by both the RBOCs and other service providers.

Deploying NEBS certified network gear is a key advantage for access providers including ILECs, CLECs, CAPs, ISPs, ASPs, and, of course, RBOCs. Products that are NEBS certified are also expected to be top performers in enterprise network environments as well. They undergo various NEBS tests.

NEBS Certification Testing Levels

To ensure a uniform level of equipment quality and performance throughout the network, network site monitoring units will have to undergo different levels of the following NEBS certification tests upon request:

  • Level 1
    • Fire test
    • Electromagnetic Emissions
    • Electrical Safety
    • Bonding and Grounding
  • Level 2
    • Operational Thermal (5 to 40 degrees C, 10 to 85% humidity)
    • Electromagnetic Emissions and Immunity (doors closed)
    • Seismic (zone 2)
    • Airborne Contaminants (indoor)
    • ESD Immunity
  • Level 3
    • Operational Thermal (-5 to 50 degrees C, 5 to 90% humidity)
    • Electromagnetic Emissions and Immunity (doors open)
    • Transportation and Handling
    • Seismic (zone 4)
    • Airborne Contaminants (outdoor)

Compliant vs. Certified
These terms are often casually used by gear vendors as though they were synonymous. This is not the case. Most NEBS testing laboratories publish their testing procedures for an additional cost. Products that claim to be "compliant" are merely reproducing the rigorous testing procedures in-house (and very rarely perform them all).

While that makes for a better product than one that hasn't been tested in-house, it is still a long way from sending gear to a nationally recognized testing facility. In addition, you'll paying them tens of thousands of dollars to make absolutely certain that a piece of gear meets the demanding standards NEBS certification requires.

DPS Self Certifies NEBS Compliance

In the past, DPS Telecom's network site monitoring units have been known to comply with NEBS Level 3 requirements. Because of this, they've been known to maximize network uptime as well!

Currently, DPS products are not NEBS certified. What's the reason for this? Having a unit NEBS certified comes at a cost. DPS would have to ship their units to the NEBS lab and incur a shipping cost. Then, DPS would also have to pay NEBS for their services to perform the various tests. When the unit is officially NEBS certified, DPS would then have to adjust its price. As a result, you would have to pay more.

Our products will only be NEBS certified per your request. Please note that there will be an additional cost associated with the NEBS certified unit. To save you time and money, DPS can by bypass NEBS certification and self certify NEBS compliance for all of DPS products at no additional cost to you.

How can DPS self certify NEBS compliance? It's simple. DPS has the means and capabilities to comply with NEBS certification. This includes using and/or conducting the anechoic chamber, torture test, drop test, and vibration simulation test. These tests can determine EMI levels, equipment reliability and quality, and long-term stress. Because DPS performs in-house testing for all of their manufactured units, your units will meet or exceed your expectations upon arrival.

If having NEBS certification is a deal breaker, you should also know that DPS equipment are a proven, rugged design. Internally, every unit is manufactured with rugged parts for reliability. Externally, they're powder-coated to withstand rusting.

Please remember, although DPS products aren't NEBS certified, unless requested, know that DPS can conduct their own testing. This is equivalent to building products up to par with (or even exceeding) original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards without having to label it as one.

Again, if you insist on having a DPS unit NEBS certified, please know that there will be an additional cost associated with that particular unit.

10 Reasons why you should consider NEBS Certified Network Equipment

  1. Ensure gear compatibility with the telephone industry's electrical environment.
  2. Simplify gear planning and installation.
  3. Protect telecommunications gear from service outages caused by incompatible equipment.
  4. Prevent interference to licensed radio transmitters and other close proximity telecommunications gear.
  5. Minimize the risk of fires to telecommunications gear.
  6. Ensure gear operation under the range of temperature, humidity, vibration, and airborne contamination present in telecommunications locations.
  7. Ensure gear and service survivability in the event of earthquake.
  8. Protect personnel from injury.
  9. Greatly reduce gear failure rates.
  10. Reduce customer churn. As new service offerings (call waiting, voice messages, etc.) slow down, customers are choosing providers with the most reliable network and minimum downtime.

The most successful telecommunication providers choose only NEBS certified gear. Shouldn't you?

Although a majority of DPS equipment aren't NEBS certified, you should be aware that DPS has the means to conduct their own self certifying compliance test (EMI chamber, torture testing, etc.).

Email DPS Telecom' s Sales Department at sales@dpstele.com or call 1-800-693-0351 to speak with a Sales Engineer today! Experience how our knowledgeable Sales Engineers can determine if your units need NEBS certification!

PDU Tutorial: How to Choose a Rack PDU.

Sitemap