Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 2014

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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MAY/JUNE 2014 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 65 pedestal) and the optical network terminal (ONT) at the home were a small backyard with a privacy fence, a pool and a deck. Bringing a large trencher or other heavy equipment into this environment was not feasible, and selling the homeowner on digging up half the backyard to place traditional conduit or direct bury a fber drop was out of the question. However, this was a perfect opportunity to lay microduct and run pushable fber. After measuring the required drop length, the technician cut the required duct to length. Using a walk-behind, 24" vibratory lawn plow (Line-Ward L2 Line Layer) with an appropriate feed blade, the installer quickly and easily buried the duct while negotiating a path around all the obstacles and drawing up tightly to the ONT at the home. Once the duct was in place and ready to go, the installer pushed the fber assembly chosen by the customer, preterminated with a pushable standard connector (SC) on one end and a hardened fber optic connector (HFOC) on the other, from the pedestal (HFOC end) to the ONT (SC end). After a little slack storage work, the connection was ready to turn up. Te elapsed time of the installation (and of the technicians' presence in the yard) was less than 45 minutes, and the entire install caused minimal disruption to the customer's landscaping. (Figure 2 shows the Figure 1: A technician buries microduct close to a customer's house. Figure 2: Grass and sand surfaces after vibratory plow installation of microduct BBC_May14.indd 65 5/29/14 9:19 AM

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