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How to improve the inspection results of your fiber connectors

Posted by Simon Thompson

Dirt, dust and other contaminants are the enemies of high-speed data transmission over optical fiber, as even the most minor of scratches or defects can present problems further down the line.

Optical fiber connectors are used to join optical fibers wherever a connect/disconnect ability is required.

Connectors are most commonly comprised of a spring-loaded ceramic ferrule, which aligns two mating connectors in a circuit. However, before they can be used in FTTx applications, the connector ferrules first need to be polished to achieve the required angle and end-face geometry.

Applying the right polishing process, or ‘recipe,’ ensures the connector end-faces are free of defects or scratches. While this process is generally managed within a manufacturing facility, there are occasions where assembly and polishing operations need to be undertaken in the field.

In this blog post we explore how connector cleanliness, and the appropriate inspection environment, can impact on your microscope and interferometry readings and suggest the key steps to overcome poor measurement results.

Topics: Fiber to the premises, Fiber to the home

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PPC is improving the world through environmental sustainability

Posted by Krista Tysco

It’s up to individuals and companies alike to decrease their carbon footprint to help preserve the world for our future.

At PPC, we’re committed to the global community and see environmental sustainability not only as a responsibility, but as an opportunity to be better for the world where we work and live.

We’re constantly implementing innovative ways to minimize our environmental footprint through energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and conservation, and we encourage our partners to commit to sustainable practices as well.

Topics: Regulatory/Policy

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Global fixed broadband roundup- December 2017

Posted by Krista Tysco

The continuing evolution of the internet, and the ever-increasing consumer demand for quality, capacity and speed, means broadband service providers and operators need to be continually looking for ways to improve the customer experience.

In this blog, we provide a roundup of the latest news, innovations and achievements in the provision of fixed and mobile broadband from around the world.

Topics: Market trends, Broadband

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Back to basics: 5 tips for hardline coax connector installation

Posted by Eric Purdy

Hardline coax connectors are some of the most important pieces to delivering service to a subscriber’s home network, so making sure the connectors and cables are prepped and installed properly is vital to network performance.

Hardline cable is used from the headend through the trunk and feeder lines, to the subscriber’s home, and there are many connectors used at the fiber node, amplifiers, line extenders and multitaps. If even one connector is not installed properly, it’s a source of potential failure and can severely impact performance of the entire network.

Topics: Headend, Broadband, Coax

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Pre-terminated fiber cable - a great FTTH installation solution

Posted by Tom Carpenter

 When installing fiber at an MDU (multi-dwelling unit), technicians have a few choices for the type of cable they choose. The most important choice is whether to use field-terminated or pre-terminated cable. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but we find pre-terminated cable is almost always the best choice. In this blog, we’ll discuss the pros and cons for pre-terminated versus field-terminated cable when it comes to cost, installation skills and excess materials.

Topics: Fiber to the home

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Protect your broadband network: how to prepare for a natural disaster

Posted by Rebecca Firmani

Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and ice storms will always be the enemy of cable and internet service providers, but there are things you can do to ease the burden of long-term issues from a storm or earthquake.

We’ve seen the challenges first-hand and have tips to help make your broadband network post-disaster restoration as flawless as possible.

Topics: Fiber to the premises, Broadband

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The global broadband market 2017 - is fixed broadband still growing?

Posted by Krista Tysco

The global broadband market is becoming increasingly mobile. According to data from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), mobile broadband subscriptions have grown more than 20 percent annually in the last five years, and 4.3 billion people worldwide are expected to be using mobile broadband at the end of 2017. According to the OECD, mobile broadband penetration was at 99 percent across the 35 countries they represent at the end of last year.

Topics: Market trends, Broadband

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Is your drop network too old for today’s demands?

Posted by Noah Montena

The quality of components used in drop networks and the skillfulness of the drop installation play a major part in a subscriber’s network performance. But what happens when those parts are out of date?

The parts visible from the headend to the side of the home, and components from the wall plate to the CPE (customer premise equipment), may be brand new and installed properly, but that doesn’t mean most of the premise wiring is up to date.

Topics: Fiber to the home, Headend, Broadband, Coax

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How to get the most out of prep tools during your cable installation

Posted by Esther Wise

We’ve previously talked about how proper on-site training can help improve customer experience and keep costs low for TV and Internet service providers, but there’s another factor that can help reduce operating costs: good prep tools and sharp blades.

This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many technicians, contractors and service provider managers overlook this important detail. Dull blades and defective tools are a major contributor to faulty installations and service calls, and could dull your profits.

Worn coax cable tools and blades cause service issues

Each tool lasts for about 2,500 preps – on average in the industry – but we see technicians and contractors using tools that far surpass the life-expectancy and are clearly too worn to use. Of course, this number varies based on the quality of the tool, how well the tool is cared for and the environment.

Topics: Design and Install, Broadband

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A mid-year roundup of the 2017 global FTTH broadband market

Posted by Krista Tysco

In today’s technological world, internet speed is important to everyone. Almost every household has multiple web-enabled devices, and with the Internet of Things (IoT) driving increased home automation, it’s not just laptops and mobile devices in the home that will rely on the internet, but everything - lights, appliances, windows, blinds, you name it. Access to high-speed internet is now a top priority for people when moving home or relocating to a new area.

Topics: Fiber to the home, Broadband

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