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Shaun Trezise

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Choosing fiber cable protection to meet fire regulations

Posted by Shaun Trezise

Fire regulations for fiber cable protection vary across the world, meaning that a cable suitable for use indoors in one country may very well not be allowed in the same building structure elsewhere in the world. With these differences it’s not surprising if there’s confusion out in the field.

Here’s a brief guide to navigating around the potential minefield of meeting fire regulations in the United States and Europe, particularly in two areas - transitioning fiber from outdoor to in-building and halogen content of cables.

Topics: Design and Install, Regulatory/Policy

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Fiber to the Premises Deployment - comparing PON and P2P architectures

Posted by Shaun Trezise

The socio-economic benefits of fiber are beyond question. Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) can boost economic development, spark innovation and improve the way people live and work.

For network operators looking to deploy FTTP there are multiple factors that need to be taken into account when planning an installation. These include:

  • Topography
  • Regulation
  • Technical choices
  • Implementation cost
  • The need to future-proof investment

Every deployment is different. Therefore to help network operators make the right choices for their implementation we’ve created the Complete Guide to Fiber to the Premises Deployment eBook. Which is available as a free download here. Over the next few months we’ll summarise some of the key points of the guide in a series of blog posts, beginning with fiber architectures.

Topics: Fiber to the premises, Design and Install, Fiber to the home

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Fiber Protection Withstands the Big Truck Test

Posted by Shaun Trezise

Fiber has to survive and operate in the toughest conditions. Whether it is during installation or ongoing operation it is vital it continues to function reliably when dropped, hit with a hammer, crushed or generally maltreated.

We’ve carried out extensive crush resistance and impact testing of our fiber, and calculated that our Miniflex cable and protective duct can withstand a force of 4000 Newtons over 100 mm without any damage to the fiber itself. And because of its advanced polymer engineering it springs back and regains its shape over a relatively quick time, ensuring the fiber inside is not pinched or squashed.

Topics: Design and Install

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Solving the FTTH rollout problem in multiple dwelling units

Posted by Shaun Trezise

Recently PPC was asked to investigate solutions to the problem of a FTTH rollout with no space for microduct. The customer faced the challenge of deploying fiber to 10 high-rise apartment blocks, each containing 180 dwellings, within 2 years. Sounds easy, but factor into the equation that there is no option to add infrastructure and the fiber must be installed through the pre-existing, pre-populated PVC conduits hidden in the voids and screeds. Also add in that no machinery or cable blowing equipment is allowed on site. Then you really have a problem.

Unfortunately for network designers and installation engineers across the world, this scenario is all too common. A lack of foresight when future proofing network infrastructure has resulted in a critical need for fiber cable that can be retrofitted into existing conduit and ducting, often when this conduit is already populated with cables.

Topics: Design and Install, Fiber to the home

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PPC launches new Plenum PV range of pushable fiber products

Posted by Shaun Trezise

New York, 30 September 2013: PPC, the inventors and producers of the world-leading range of patented Miniflex™ fiber cables, today launched its new Plenum PV range of fiber cables and microducts. The innovative new Miniflex Plenum PV range enables the safe deployment of fiber optic cables within the airway/plenum spaces of buildings, providing a tough, lightweight, flexible and easy to install solution. This brings down the time and cost of fiber deployments by speeding up installations in buildings of all sizes,while meeting the strict safety criteria governing plenum deployments.

Engineered from toughened polymer to meet the tight specifications and exacting demands of the environment, the compact Plenum PV products all meet US National Electrical Code (NEC) specifications, and have received UL product certification after extensive testing on their low smoke and low fire hazard capabilities.

Topics: Fiber innovations

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City of Loma Linda deploys high speed fiber network with PPC

Posted by Shaun Trezise

New York and London, 10 June 2014, PPC, the inventors and producers of the world-leading range of patented Miniflex™ fiber cables, today announced that the City of Loma Linda in California has significantly reduced the installation time and cost of its high speed, municipality-wide fiber network by using its advanced products.

The Californian city has been able to lower deployment costs on the last mile of its Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) network by between 64-76%, from $50 to just $12-$18 per foot through pushable technology and micro trenching.

This has enabled it to roll-out the city-wide network within budget and tight timescales, benefiting the 21,000 residents and reinforcing its reputation as a healthcare center. The City has five major hospitals and a healthcare focused graduate university with 15,000 medical, dental, and allied healthcare students. Up to 100,000 people visit the city every day to be treated and it is the regional center for veterans, trauma and children’s care, covering a fifth of California.

Topics: Pushable Fiber

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