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Microducts and Microfibers: Meeting the Challenges of Growing Bandwidth Needs

The demand for bandwidth is now at unprecedented levels. Between online streaming, social media, smartphones, and tablets, bandwidth use is through the roof.

In fact, the Ericcson Mobility Report projects that data traffic needs will grow by 45% Network-wirelessbetween now and 2019. Add to this the demand placed on what’s known as the “anywhere space”, and telcos, MSOs, and wireless providers all face the challenge of meeting these growing demands.

But with these challenges come opportunities as well.

For companies in the outside plant (OSP) business, especially optical fiber networks, the opportunities are great. While optical fiber networks must continue to add more fibers and build bigger networks, they are finding that microducts and microfibers are often the best solution to their challenges. Choosing to use microducts and microfibers over traditional conduits and fibers is proving to be cost effective and easier, now and in the long run.

In many instances, the use of micros allows for a higher total fiber count, and adding more cables as necessary becomes easier. Microducts are easily installed, all at the same time, and runs can be interconnected whenever necessary, often without intermediary pull points—resulting in a clear, continuous path.

Furthermore, installing the microfiber into the microduct is very simple and fast; fiber can be installed at up to 220 feet per minute and at distances of over a mile. In the end, higher fiber counts are achieved with fewer conduits and less time and effort. Costs are greatly reduced, and the range of scalability means needs are met over long periods of time.

In this way, these micros can meet the growing bandwidth demands while allowing companies to grow and prosper in the process.

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