Microfibers Can Travel Almost 3,000 Feet in 15 Minutes

Cable and broadband providers are working hard to install fiber deeper into their networks. They ultimately want to reach all the way to individual home and business and they have begun this push and investing in the infrastructure needed to do so. Chris Gemme will demonstrate how they operators can do so by deploying microfibers quickly and easily.

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?