Broadband Communities

JUL 2017

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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O N L I N E O N LY D I G I T A L B O N U S O N L I N E O N LY D I G I T A L B O N U S O N L I N E O N LY D I G I T A L B O N U S JULY 2017 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 79B Neptco Muletape is available on spools or in a dispensing tub. Technicians often pull fiber with cord, not tape, but cord can burn through plastic ducts, leaving undetected damage. Tape reduces the temptation to do something dumb. Expecting to look for buried fiber cable with a metal detector? Cheap, easy-to- deploy tracing wire makes the task easier. These Trace-Safe tracer wires from Neptco use a thin copper conductor wrapped in water-blocking polyester yarns and jacketed in high-density polyethylene plastic. The key deployment trick is to reliably join the tracer wires with simple connectors in the field – connectors that don't cause galvanic corrosion. The OFS InvisiLight brand is known as an indoor, ultra-bendable fiber. Now there's an outdoor version, too. The new InvisiLight Façade Solution is a 12- or 24-fiber indoor/outdoor rated cable (3mm or 3.8mm) that can be run on the outside face of a building or, more typically, tucked behind other outdoor structures, such as rainwater downspouts. They can be factory preterminated or connectorized on site with a fusion splice or a mechanical connector. EZ-Bend Optical Fiber with a 2.5mm bend radius is used in all InvisiLight products.

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