Broadband Communities

AUG-SEP 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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52 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014 FTTH CONFERENCE COVERAGE room for new fber to be placed in MaxCell fabric innerducts. To help locate nonmetallic, hard-to-trace fber underground, MaxCell added a traceable fabric duct with a conductor to its MaxSpace product. NEPTCO continued to expand its Muletape and Trace-Safe lines of pulling and tracing tapes as well. GM Plast, Teraspan, Dura-Line and other vendors of plastic and fabric ducts continue to expand their product lines, ofering products for risers as well as horizontal conduit. As more MDU and MTU premises are served by fber laterals from metro rings and middle-mile trunks, ducts for grooved (microtrenched) pavement continue to evolve (see images). SOFTWARE Many vendors showed improved management tools for both customer provisioning and network monitoring – and many software vendors are more tightly integrating their oferings. ETI Software demonstrated its new Overture suite, which extends its proven and popular Triad B/OSS with modules for mapping, extensive data for customer service reps, and quick- reaction network management tools. GLDS, another popular vendor of network management, billing and customer-facing software, combined its WinCable with Fleetmatics' REVEAL to more easily track service personnel in the feld. Te Fleetmatics solution can be used by network providers whether they have their own service trucks or rely on contracted service companies. Aside from enabling faster customer service, this approach makes it easier for network providers to use service calls as sales opportunities. Calix talked up improvements to its network management software – improvements it says have helped the company win two dozen gigabit deployment contracts. v Corporate editor Steve Ross can be reached at Is your duct already full of cable? MaxSpace from MaxCell slices conventional hard plastic or rubberized innerduct into ribbons while the cable continues in service. The extra room in the main ductway can then be used to insert more cable in fexible fabric MaxCell ducts. VENDOR SPOTLIGHT 3M Calix Clearfeld Corning Optical Communications Crownduit Dura-Line ETI Software Solutions GLDS GM Plast MaxCell NEPTCO Suttle Teraspan Custom ducts for pushed, pulled and blown fber are a specialty at GM Plast, a European company looking for American partners. Note the sheetlike, customizable array of small ducts connected into one pathway. Need to tap a cable already in a microtrenched duct? Easy for Teraspan. The tap can be positioned anyplace on the main pathway.

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