Microfibers Can Travel Almost 3,000 Feet in 15 Minutes

ChrisGemme2 Chris Gemme April 6, 2015

E2O_mapHow can you push fiber deeper into your network? It’s really simple—jet microfibers through microducts. Let me show you how.

In a previous blog posting, I described blown fiber (ie, jetted fiber) as the deployment of microfiber cable using compressed air as a lubricant. Now, you’ll see how easy it is to deploy.

Recently, CommScope conducted a demonstration of our E2O (Electrical-to-Optical) solution at our Catwaba, North Carolina outside plant test facility. The video included in this blog shows the demonstration of a raceway that is a combination of aerial lashed and underground microducts. Both the 12.7-mm and 16-mm underground microducts were coupled together along with the 12.7-mm aerial microduct to make one continuous run of 2,950 feet. The video also demonstrates that by using just a small amount of lubricant and jetting equipment, microfibers can be sent through the microducts with ease.

So, how fast can you deploy these microfibers? These microfibers were installed at a rate of 220 feet per minute—2,950 feet in 15 minutes. This is an easy way for operators to push fiber deeper into the network. Not only are they getting the fiber to where they need to increase bandwidth to their subscribers, but they are keeping construction costs down by providing a pathway for future expansion.

We hope you enjoy the video and use the comment section below for your questions.

Can you push 3,000 feet of fiber in 15 minutes?

About the Author


Chris Gemme

Chris Gemme is Regional PLM for CommScope, a global leader in communications networks and infrastructure solutions. Gemme has more than 20 years’ experience in telecommunications. Prior to his current role, he served as director field applications engineering and as product manager of coaxial cables. Before joining CommScope, he worked at Time Warner Cable. Gemme earned his bachelor of science degree from Troy State University and his MBA from Regis University. Gemme is a member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). He has also served on the SCTE Engineering Committee, which is responsible for all standards and recommended practices activities of the Society.