Cape Town at Night

Case Study

Optimizing and stabilizing network performance

TE Connectivity (TE)'s customized low voltage heat shrink joints, splice solutions and field support had a great impact on the network performance of a nation.

Powering the D.R. of Congo

Each customer has its own priorities, obstacles and needs. By understanding this assumption, TE is able to offer tailor made solutions. 

The Challenge

Connecting a 6-core Low Voltage Aerial Bundle Cable (LV ABC) to a 2-core and a 4-core underground feeder must be made with low voltage heat shrink (LVHS) joints and splices that relied upon crimping technology. 

Crimp connectors required appropriate compression tooling and dies to connect various conductor cross sections, shapes and materials. Nevertheless this equipment is not always readily available to local installers. As the result of this lack of tooling the Democratic Republic of Congo low voltage network was facing incorrect installations, failures and unsafe connections. 


local jointers and local installers trained


failures since local installer training completed

"We really appreciate TE engineers taking time to find the best products and providing us with the right training."

The Solution

TE’s shear bolt connector technology was the right solution to solve the Congolese electrical network’s challenge. TE's engineers decided to go one step further to evaluate the local cable constructions. They determined that the best solution would be to develop a customized kit with LV HS joints and splices that perfectly met the National Utility’s needs and local requirements.

The Result

TE's Low Voltage Heat Shrink joints and splices with shear bolt connector technology are the preferred products in the Congolese region. 

More than bringing a tailor made solution to the national utility, TE has been a technical partner that made the difference in stabilizing and optimizing the network performance.