Editor’s Note: As we say good-bye to 2015, we look back at
some of our most shared blogs of the year. We covered a wide range of network
infrastructure topics and we hope you enjoy revisiting some of these popular
posts. This blog first appeared on August 14, 2015.
and cable operators need to evolve their networkarchitectures to keep up with their subscribers’ data demands. One
way to do that is to push fiber deeper
into a network. However, the cost of building and/or reconstructing a
network creates the biggest challenge for them.
How can operators meet today’s infrastructure needs, creating
a path for new growth, while reducing construction costs down the road? Deploy microducts.
are small conduits for housing
microcables. CommScope microduct sizes include 10 mm, 12.7 mm and 16 mm
that can house up to 144 fiber counts. Microducts can be used in
fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-business (FTTB), long-haul, backhaul,
premise fiber deployments and nearly any location where traditional conduit
advantage they provide is that microducts can be pre-installed within a larger
conduit, or simply pushed into existing
conduits already in place. Microducts can also be configured in arrays or
multiple units as well as single ducts. Operators may solve today’s needs
without microducts by pulling standard cables into an existing conduit, but pulling additional cables later may be
difficult or, in some cases, impossible.
microduct allows the operators to deploy
up to 144 fibers today, while deploying additional microducts will provide pathways for future expansion. Each
microduct can be coupled, allowing operators to jet cables at distances of
thousands of feet in a single operation, while also minimizing splice points.
addition to the space savings and expansion advantages provided by microducts, using
microcables will also provide unforeseen
benefits. Microcables enable
operators to change the method in which they are installing the cables. The
new smaller cables can be jetted at
speeds exceeding 200 feet per minute. This methodology saves time and money.
These smaller cables also allow for smaller enclosures, enabling operators to
place them in most existing vaults and pedestals, saving additional time and
money. Microducts and microfibers afford the
compromise of cost today versus need in the future.
Key Takeaway: Microducts are small conduits for housing microcables that help operators push fiber deeper into their networks.
Microducts can be pre-installed within a larger conduit, or simply
pushed into existing conduits already in place. One microduct allows the
operators to deploy up to 144 fibers today, while deploying additional
microducts will provide pathways for future expansion.
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