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PPC Broadband gears up for cable industry exhibition SCaTINDIA 2018 (Booth A3)

Posted by Lucas Schacht

SCaTINDIA will mark its 27th year of operation this October 2018 with its annual three-day cable industry exhibition at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Mumbai, India.

This year's event is on track to attract in excess of 19,000 visitors and will feature products from more than 300 global cable professionals from throughout India, China, U.S. and Europe.

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

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PPC Broadband to join industry experts at Cable-Tec Expo (Booth 644)

Posted by Lucas Schacht

Representatives from PPC Broadband will be joining industry leaders at the upcoming SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta, Georgia this October 22 to October 25, 2018.

The Expo is North America's largest cable telecom event, offering the opportunity for cable professionals to share technical knowledge and see first-hand demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology solutions.

Topics: Fiber to the premises, Design and Install, Fiber to the home, Pushable Fiber, Broadband, Coax, Fiber innovations

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Over 250,000 African FTTH customers connected with Miniflex® fiber

Posted by Simon Roberts

Since Dark Fiber Africa (DFA) first hand-pushed a pre-terminated Miniflex® fiber optic 240m from an existing manhole, through a standard 8/5mm duct and connected a 100Mbps business customer in July 2012, Miniflex has grown to become Africa’s drop cable of choice for all leading FTTH (Fiber to the Home) providers.

PPC Broadband has deployed Miniflex in more than 12 countries across the continent and recently passed 250,000 FTTH customer connected. The PPC Miniflex fiber optic cable has withstood all obstacles in its path, standing head-and-shoulders against any other product available in the market today and continually evolves in design to address customer requirements as their networks organically grow more complicated.

Topics: Fiber to the home

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How optical passives optimize fiber deep networks

Posted by Mark Howard

As operators drive fiber deeper into their networks for increased speed and capacity, tolerances become tighter and margin for error becomes lower. That means quality is critical and every component in the network needs to perform better.

This blog post explores the purpose and function of PPC's new product category of fiber optical passives and splitters to help service providers gain speed and bandwidth, and the crucial role these devices play in enhancing the transmission of high-quality, ultra-high-speed broadband to multiple subscribers.

Topics: Fiber to the premises, Fiber to the home, MDU, Broadband

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PPC introduces latest connector innovations at ANGA COM 2018

Posted by Paul Ekpenyong

The PPC Broadband team joined experts from across the international telecommunications and media industry to attend theANGA COM Exhibition and Conference in Cologne, Germany,12 June to 14 June, 2018.

The annual event, which is organized by the Association of German Cable Operators (ANGA), attracted a record500 exhibitors this year, and brought together innovations and insights from network operators, service providers and vendors from 36 countries.

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

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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.

Topics: Fiber to the premises, Fiber to the home

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

Posted by Krista Thresh

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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The changing needs of FTTH deployment

Posted by Tom Carpenter

PPC has been producing and selling Miniflex cable and pre-terminated QuikPush fiber to the home (FTTH) drop cable for the last 10 years.

Our vision has always been to remove the inefficiencies of blowing and splicing, to speed up the last drop in FTTH deployments that are carried out by non-fiber specialist installers.

Historically, our focus was on providing our customers with overall cost savings by reducing installation labor time.

However, over the last 36 months we have seen a major change in focus throughout the FTTH global market. We are finding that, while labor time is still important, there is a greater market drive towards enabling non-fiber skilled labor to install the last FTTH drop.  

This trend isn’t just happening in emerging markets where labor is relatively cheap, but not necessarily "fiber skilled", but also across the United States and within Europe.

I thought it would be worthwhile to share my thoughts on why I think we have seen this change in market behavior, and how it marks a major step forward in the importance of FTTH as a technology.

Topics: Fiber to the home

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