Broadband Communities

JUL 2018

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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TECHNOLOGY | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | J U LY 2 0 1 8 Do's and Don'ts of Aerial Fiber Aerial fiber deployments are attractive because they are less expensive than underground deployments, but there can be hidden traps. Here's some advice about doing aerial right. W olf Line Construction, based in Castle Rock, Washington, specializes in installing fiber optic cable for FTTH and other applications in the energized space on transmission lines and distribution lines. As broadband, smart grids and advanced wireless networks are built out in rural areas, electric utility poles will become increasingly valuable resources for deployers, including electric utilities. Recently, Broad B and Communities had the opportunity to speak with Colin Garner, partner and vice president for project management at Wolf Line Construction. Following are highlights of that conversation. BROADBAND COMMUNITIES: Wolf Line Construction does both aerial and underground fiber construction but specializes in aerial. What are the advantages of aerial construction for deployers? COLIN GARNER: First, it is far cheaper to install aerial fiber. Underground installation requires boring or plowing, which is a lot more expensive. Second, overhead fiber optic construction is more straightforward to plan. When you're placing fiber overhead, you can see and understand the whole network, so you can plan much better. With underground construction, there may be surprises because things that are hidden underground – rocks, water lines, gas lines and so forth – can hamper production. Of course, overhead construction makes sense only if utility poles are already there. If there's no plant, you can't go aerial. BBC: What's the difference between the energized space and the non-energized space? CG: In general terms, you typically have a neutral wire on the pole, which is the lowest wire associated with the power distribution network. e energized space is everything Q&A With Colin Garner, Wolf Line Construction Colin Garner, Wolf Line Construction

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