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Fiber protection – in the toughest of conditions

Posted by Tom Carpenter

In business, everyone expects high quality products and services, meaning that praise from customers is pretty rare. So, when our US partner Core Telecom forwarded me this email from Rich Jones of Metasoft Inc. I have to say it made my day.

Normally in our blogs, we focus on sharing our knowledge and expertise with the industry, rather than talking about ourselves or our products. However, I felt compelled to share this email, so I hope you forgive me this one exception:

Hello Rene,

All is well. Much has happened with regards to the Tuff Duct and Miniflex fiber at the site where it was installed.

Topics: Design and Install, Industrial premises

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5 important steps to reducing FTTX roll out costs

Posted by Joe Byrne

Superfast broadband brings highly desirable benefits across the board, but complexities in the last drop can often introduce unwelcome expense and hamper progress.

In a previous post I looked at the roll out of FTTH in Africa and how high costs, in the short term at least, concentrate access within a narrow group that can afford to pay for installations. And, of course, the major prize and the bigger picture will be found in bringing access to much wider markets.

So the question remains; how can network designers reduce their FTTX roll out costs and bring those benefits home for a much wider demographic?

Topics: Fiber to the premises, Fiber to the home, Costs/ROI

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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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Cheapest isn't always best when it comes to fiber cable

Posted by Simon Roberts

Recently I visited Thailand on business, providing me with a vivid reminder of my back packing days twenty years ago. Then my adventure was raw, fresh and exciting and I was greeted in Bangkok with eager street vendors trying to sell me cheaper counterfeit goods using the slogan “Same, same but different.” Essentially the quality of these products backs up the traditional English phrase that “you get what you pay for.” 

Over the years both of these sayings have stuck with me. However the combination of human nature and a desire to balance budgets, mean I continue to strive for a bargain. 

Topics: Design and Install, Costs/ROI

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Half year report - the 2014 global FTTH and pushable fiber market

Posted by Tom Carpenter

As we approach the halfway mark of 2014, I thought it worthwhile to share my views on the trends we are seeing in the FTTH and pushable fiber market globally.

Firstly, the market is growing compared to 2013, a view which is backed up by several industry market research papers. For example CRU's report found that global fiber installations are up 13% for the first quarter of the year. I can’t comment on whether this is happening across the board. However what I do know is that our shipments of Miniflex fiber cable and our pushable QuikPush range are up significantly everywhere we sell globally.

Topics: Fiber to the home, Pushable Fiber, Market trends

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Making municipal FTTH deployments economic

Posted by Larry Malone

Fiber networks are a key driver of economic growth and consequently are becoming critical to cities and communities across the world. High speed FTTH and FTTP networks encourage new businesses to an area, make it an attractive place to live and also enable greater efficiency and new services from government.

To access these benefits, many municipalities across the United States are rolling out their own fiber networks in order to ensure they remain competitive in a tough environment. But achieving this cost-effectively can be a struggle. How can cities make deployments quicker, easier and less expensive?

Topics: Fiber to the premises, Fiber to the home, Costs/ROI

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Russia – the current state of play with FTTX

Posted by Colin Dennison

I’ve just come back from sunny Moscow, where I attended a very busy Sviaz-Expocomm show. Officially titled the 26th International Exhibition for Telecommunications, Control Systems, IT and Communication Services, it covered the entire telecoms market, with a major focus on fiber networks. We took a stand as part of our push eastwards, building on m2fx’s existing presence in Eastern Europe, where our fiber protection technology has been deployed in more than 40% of countries in the region.

One thing that stood out was the strength and prospects for growth in the Russian market. Recent figures from the Broadband Forum put Russia ahead of France when it comes to broadband penetration, with over 25.3 million subscribers in Q4 2013. Importantly, the vast majority of FTTX connections are Fiber to the Home/Building (FTTH/B), rather than the Fiber to the Cabinet (FTTC) deployments we’re seeing across much of Western Europe. FTTH/B dominates in Russia (with around 60% of new retail subscribers), according to analysts Analysys Mason, with carriers currently migrating customers from DSL to fiber.

Topics: Fiber to the premises, Fiber to the home, Market trends

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Why not every fiber cable is created equal

Posted by John Dawson

As the prodigious growth of fiber optics continues across the globe, it is moving into more and more sectors with increasingly diverse and demanding requirements. This is unquestionably driving the need for tougher fiber optic cables. But how do you achieve the right balance between strength, flexibility and lifetime costs?

The importance of fiber protection

No-one disputes bare fiber is very fragile – after all, it is made of extremely pure optical glass. There are very few examples of where fiber has been successfully deployed in its raw state for this reason.

Topics: Fiber innovations

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Making MDU Fiber to the Home (FTTH) implementations cost-effective

Posted by Simon Roberts

Finding the ideal fiber installation solution for Multi Dwelling Units (MDU), normally apartment blocks or hotels, is a major obstacle that carriers face as the pace of Fiber to the Home (FTTH) deployments increases to meet the ever increasing consumer demand for bandwidth.

Carriers have to be able to offer the same capacity and high speeds to consumers living in MDUs as they provide to those within Single Dwelling Units (SDU). However the longer deployment time and higher cost of implementing fiber to the MDU are putting a brake on the growth for in-building connections.

Topics: MDU

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