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Broadband connectivity technologies are constantly changing, whether through innovation, regulatory development or customer requests. Our blogs offer insight into industry advancements, practical suggestions for all types of network installations and important PPC product news.

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Every fiber deployment is unique, especially when you’re delivering fiber to a multi-dwelling or multi-tenant unit (MDU or MTU). As you’re working ...

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When service providers are planning a fiber optic installation at a multi-dwelling or multi-tenant unit (MDU or MTU), there are several suitable ...

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Cable and Internet providers around the world have been challenged by today’s technology demanding faster internet service and video streaming on ...

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A former blog of ours about the different types of fiber connectors, demonstrates how important the subject is to both fiber installers and network ...

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Although the winter season brings a beautiful snow-covered wonderland, this time of year poses risks to the home network. Frigid temperatures, high ...

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Businesses, now more than ever, must do their part investing in sustainable and environmentally responsible practices. At PPC, we apply this ideology ...

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PPC Broadband is attending Fiber Connect 2021, the leading optical fiber and technology event in North America. The show will be held from July 25 to ...

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Whether you’re building a new coaxial network in Hawkins, Indiana, or updating an outdated one in the Upside Down, the products used in the last-mile ...

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There are multiple ways to deliver fiber into a home, multi-dwelling unit (MDU) or commercial building, but some methods are more costly and ...

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

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

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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 ...

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

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

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

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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 ...

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Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and ice storms will always be the enemy of cable and internet service providers, but ...

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The quality of components used in drop networks and the skillfulness of the drop installation play a major part in a subscriber’s network ...

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Self-install kits (SIKs) have many benefits to both broadband service providers, and subscribers. They can help reduce operational costs and ...

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A crucial step that every installer will negotiate during fiber cable installation in an apartment block or multi-story office building is to decide ...

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No two homes are built the same, which means a TV and Internet service provider technician never quite knows what they’re getting into until they ...

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In the modern world, we need our broadband to work fast and reliably - download speeds and picture and voice quality are what we as consumers care ...

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We’ve written previously about the importance of maintaining the drop and home network to prevent ingress and egress. In the past we’ve described the ...

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The advantages of fiber optic cable over copper wire are well understood. Fiber can transfer more data, in less time, over longer distances than ...

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In this post, we explore how you can future proof and differentiate a property through delivering a fiber solution, while also increasing customer ...

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Bonding is the electro-mechanical joining of two or more conductors, to form a conductive path that ensures electrical continuity. Grounding is ...

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These days, operators are faced with an increasing requirement to deploy in-building fiber broadband networks. The rising demand from consumers for ...

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With increased bandwidth beyond 1 GHz, maintaining the correct carrier levels at a subscriber location is becoming more difficult. The challenge is ...

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Delivering DOCSIS services, whether it is 64 QAM upstream (3.0) or orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) 1024 (3.1), is often possible ...

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A growing number of broadband subscribers are being given the option of installing or reinstalling customer-premises equipment (CPEs) themselves, ...

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Terminators are simple devices that electrically terminate RF coaxial ports, both inside and outside of the home. The unused tap ports or wall plates ...

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There is a limit to the bending ratio or tight diameter in a microduct or fiber cable - after which, the fiber starts to exhibit failure. The failure ...

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LTE networks operating in the 700 MHz band are becoming widespread across North America and are growing globally as well. Broadband cable and some ...

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The relative costs involved in connecting subscribers to fiber networks can be deceptive. The critical element when evaluating fiber connections to ...

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When it comes to choosing the amount and type of fiber to use in your system, protecting the fiber that carries telecommunications services is of ...

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Fusion splicing is often used and is appropriate for trunk portions of a network; it offers low optical and reflection loss and splicing efficiency ...

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Pushable fiber can be installed quickly and cost-effectively as the fiber drop for the final few hundred feet of a network. The beauty of pushable ...

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There are numerous tasks involved in deploying fiber to the home (FTTH) technology and while some are obvious, others require more thought and ...

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The last drop of a subscriber communications network - from the node or tap to the home (also known as the "drop network") - has traditionally been ...

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Over half of the world’s population lives in units of 100+. In cities this figure can be even higher. This concentration and variety creates a ...

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Protecting your fiber network is vital to ensure you continue to deliver services to your customers, retain their business, and get a good return on ...

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As operators increasingly focus on deploying fiber to the home (FTTH) across their networks, they are looking at how they can minimize deployment ...

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Whole home DVR installations can be tricky; MoCA filters are essential to prevent the DVR signals from emanating to neighbors' homes in coax systems. ...

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In our digitally connected world, consumers increasingly require high speed broadband in their homes, whether for leisure, work, education or keeping ...

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99% isn’t good enough! The cable industry is changing rapidly, with consumers increasingly demanding greater capacity so that they can download and ...

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One of the questions asked about fiber to the home (FTTH) networks is simple – what are the applications that will need the high capacity and speed ...

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Optical fiber is a fantastic medium for propagating light signals, and it rarely needs amplification in contrast to copper cables. High-quality ...

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In a more and more competitive market, cable operators are increasingly looking to deploy fiber alongside coax services to their subscribers. This ...

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The combination of greater urbanization and pressure on space means that more and more of the global population is now living in multi dwelling units ...

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Connecting a building to a fiber or coax network can be extremely complex. When planning the deployment, you need to take into account the ...

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Operators normally aim to standardize on a single fiber deployment methodology to simplify installations and reduce time to market. However, ...

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Let’s face it - the telecoms industry doesn’t have the best of reputations when it comes to customer satisfaction. But something seems to be ...

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As the pace of fiber to the premises (FTTP) deployments increases, operators face a different challenge – successfully installing fiber within ...

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A long time ago, in a network far, far away an epic battle took place between a powerful Empire and a band of freedom-loving rebels... This week’s ...

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Spanish eyes are currently smiling on record growth in the fiber to the home (FTTH) market, as operators compete to roll out super-fast broadband ...

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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 ...

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Deploying fiber in the field is often a dirty job. Installing in new buildings means working on a construction site, with all the mud, dust, and ...

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Deploying an entirely new fiber network, while meeting tough budget constraints - all within tight timescales - is a challenge for any operator. Add ...

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Across the world, people are increasingly demanding faster broadband - and it is often one of the factors they take into account when choosing where ...

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We all regularly talk about Fiber to the Premise (FTTP)/Fiber to the Home (FTTH) networks. But, in an era of specialization, often we only know about ...

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While there are some similarities between copper and fiber last drop deployments there are also some major differences. If you don’t take these into ...

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When it comes to deploying fiber, network planners have the options of blowing, pulling or pushing the cable. Each of these methods has different ...

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When it comes to deploying fiber networks, installers and planners face multiple challenges. This is particularly true when it comes to the last drop ...

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Many years ago when I was in Japan on business, I had the pleasure of travelling on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka. It ...

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Whether through streaming HD content from the internet or accessing "traditional"’ TV programmes online, consumers are widening the ways in which ...

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Many of us have experience of deploying fiber in the US and Europe, and know how tough that can be. However, installing fiber in Africa has its own ...

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One of the toughest implementations to manage successfully can be when installing fiber at a Brownfield site, as we recently found at Denver ...

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Across Africa, the deployment of high speed networks is accelerating, with the continent part-way through a connectivity transformation. The landing ...

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When planning, installing or updating a fiber network there are multiple issues that can push up cost and complexity. Many of these only manifest ...

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Previously, we’ve looked at the applications that will drive the need for Fiber to the Home (FTTH) networks. One of the areas mentioned was the ...

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Earlier in February, I attended the 2015 FTTH Europe conference in Warsaw, where there seemed to be greater optimism around the European fiber market ...

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In a previous blog post, my colleague, Tom Carpenter gave his views on the global Fiber to the Home (FTTH) market, and discussed the ongoing "net ...

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Closures are the housings which contain and protect the individual joints in any fiber system, as opposed to fiber joining (fusion splicing, ...

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There were raised eyebrows among digital natives in Australia recently when Netflix announced it would open for business in Australia in March 2015. ...

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However well you plan your installation, fiber cable is rarely the right length for each run, and is inherently difficult to join. Consequently, ...

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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 ...

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Interest is rapidly growing across the African continent into new fiber to the home (FTTH) ‘last drop’ techniques that turn ‘homes passed’ into ...

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Every fiber network installation is unique, with its own set of challenges to be overcome. Whether it is a topographical problem that needs to be ...

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The number of Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) deployments is increasing rapidly across the globe in response to growing marketplace demand for high ...

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The introduction in the United States of gigabit Fiber to the Home (FTTH) connectivity made me wonder what this extra speed could be used for. After ...

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In our series of blogs based on PPC’s Complete Guide to Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) Deployment eBook, we’ve outlined the options for operators, when ...

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Operators around the world are in the midst of major roll-outs of Fiber to the Home/Fiber to the Premises (FTTH/P) networks. Ensuring these ...

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Superfast fiber broadband has the potential to transform cities. By providing the ability to connect to the internet at high speed, citizens, ...

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High speed fiber broadband networks enable businesses to be more productive, open up new services to citizens, students and patients as well as ...

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In previous blogs based on our Complete Guide to Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) Deployment eBook, we’ve talked about the planning needed if your FTTP ...

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Planning the last 1,000 feet of fiber deployments can resemble a logic puzzle. How do you get a connection from the main network to the premises in a ...

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Modern higher education is increasingly underpinned by technology. Whatever the subject, teaching, research and administration all rely on the fast ...

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

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The socio-economic benefits of fiber are beyond question. Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) can boost economic development, spark innovation and improve ...

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Fiber networks are a key driver of economic growth and consequently are becoming critical to cities and communities across the world. High speed FTTH ...

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Finding the ideal fiber installation solution for Multi-dwelling Units (MDU), normally apartment blocks or hotels, is a major obstacle that carriers ...

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The recent article in The Engineer ‘is Fiber to the Home (FTTH) in Africa just for the elite?’ – got me thinking of the progression I have seen in ...

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Cost-effectively rolling out new cellular infrastructure is critical for carriers looking to compete in increasingly demanding markets. Technologies ...

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With its products used in thousands of fiber deployments across the globe, Dura-Line is one of the world’s leading suppliers of conduit duct. ...

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Recently PPC was asked to investigate solutions to the problem of a FTTH rollout with no space for microduct. The customer faced the challenge of ...

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The news that Los Angeles is planning a gigabit fiber network to connect every business and home within the city limits is a further demonstration of ...

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On the Making Light Work blog, we’ve talked a lot about the growth of high speed networking and the move to fibre networks around the world and in ...

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Like many countries France is moving rapidly to a fibre optic future. Latest figures from telecoms regulator ARCEP found that there were 50,000 more ...

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Buildings come in all shapes and sizes, from single houses to massive tower blocks or hotels with potentially hundreds of different apartments or ...

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Deploying a fibre optic network can be an expensive business. Installing a new backbone network is a part of this, but delivering fibre from the ...

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