When it comes to Fiber to the Home (FTTH) installations, microduct is a common choice to protect optical fiber due to its size. This blog post offers best practice advice on installing buried microduct, to help deliver faster, more effective deployments.
Methods of installation
There are four ways of installing direct buried microduct:
- In the ground by machine or hand excavating
- In a micro or slot-cut trench
- Using a mole plow
- Inside an existing large diameter duct
For each of these, you should take a number of key steps ahead of installation. Firstly, always cut the microduct with a manufacturer-supplied tube cutter; secondly, before installation, make sure that the sealing plug is in place at the ends of the microduct to prevent dirt and water entering the duct; and lastly, make sure the draw cord is trapped in place by the sealing plug.
With these steps taken, let's now consider best practices for each of the four installation methods in turn: