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Choosing the Best Installation Method - Pushable Fiber Solution

Posted by Krista Thresh

There are multiple ways to deliver fiber into a home, multi-dwelling unit (MDU) or commercial building, but some methods are more costly and time-consuming than others. Installation time is a major operational cost – up to 80% of a typical FTTP deployment – so it’s important to choose the right method.

Operators can choose among three common methods for deploying fiber – pushing, pulling and blowing – and they’re all very different. While each has its advantages, the most time- and cost-efficient method is often a pre-terminated fiber cable paired with a hand-pushing tool.

Topics: Fiber, Premises

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What are the key considerations in delivering FTTH to multi-dwelling units?

Posted by Krista Thresh

Network operators are constantly striving to deliver fiber to the home (FTTH) in a way that's practical, secure and aesthetically unobtrusive.

Deploying fiber solutions to multi-dwelling units (MDUs) however, brings with it a whole new set of challenges. 

Building owners want the reassurance of a fiber product set that offers flexibility, functionality and form, as well as considering health and safety aspects.

Topics: Fiber, Premises

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How a Passive MoCA Portal can make installs quick and easy

Posted by David Barany

Ease of use is a major contributing factor when it comes to the efficiency, integrity and cost-effectiveness of Passive MoCA Portal device installations.

If a MoCA passive unit's design is overly complicated, it can result in costly and time-consuming complications for installers and subscribers.

Topics: Premises, Coaxial

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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, Premises

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How to maintain the quality of in-home network performance

Posted by Noah Montena

As homeowners consume more and more content online, the efficiency of the in-home network becomes increasingly important.

However, the ability of a network to carry a data signal will only ever be as good as the integrity of its individual parts.

It comes as no surprise that in-home network radio frequency (RF) performance has a vital role to play in delivering services that meet consumers’ increasing demands for performance quality while also enabling operators to maintain control of costs.

Topics: Premises, Coaxial

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How quality connectivity solutions optimize home network performance

Posted by Amos McKinnon

The ever-increasing consumer demand for faster download speeds, and improved picture and voice quality means connections throughout the home network must perform perfectly.

Today’s coaxial connectors have to provide flawless signal transmission, able to accommodate the vast amounts of traffic traveling back and forth between provider and user. To be sure a coaxial connector is up for the task, it's important for service providers to choose connectors that have been through vigorous testing and can prove their effectiveness, especially when the connection is less than finger-tight.

Topics: Premises, Coaxial

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Which products are essential for a MoCA home network?

Posted by Krista Thresh

Increasing numbers of cable providers are incorporating MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) technology in their home installations to help deliver an even better connection.

MoCA has been designed and developed to make use of a household’s existing coaxial cable, which means it can transfer data quickly and efficiently throughout the home.

Topics: Premises, Coaxial

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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, Premises

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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: Outside Plant, Premises, Coaxial

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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: Premises, Coaxial

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