When did you notice the change? Get on a commuter train, for example and look at what people are doing. You'd expect some to be reading a newspaper, talking to a neighbor, or just looking about. Rather, people are captive to a mobile device. Indeed, we are undergoing a major behavioral change that's putting the turbo on FTTx deployment.
Digital content is limitless and far reaching. Streaming videos and breaking news, both significant as well as insignificant, are available to hundreds of millions within seconds. And within seconds the numbers respond. They are influential too. Social networks have become decisive battlegrounds even for presidential elections.
Certain analysts report that mobile usage has more than doubled its lead over the desktop machine in just the last three years. And the trend continues. Understand that for a growing population, sitting in front of a living room TV is relegated to the past, much like listening to a radio around the kitchen table was.
Underlying the way we consume Internet are a series of converging technologies. Enlarged bandwidths carry heavy loads of digital video, voice and data. High-performance algorithms compress the content into small packages. Complex computations are executed by blazingly fast processors. Mobile and wireless networks have attained transfer rates well into the Gigabit/s range.
Larger capacity brings larger appetites. High resolution video equipment, like Ultra HD and 4K, is out there. Advertising largely occupies digital territories with personalized messages. Marketing analytics serve to tailor the individual's Internet experience. The number of interconnections reaches new dimensions with the Internet of Things or smart buildings. As usage increases, it is driving the growth for reliable high-performance networks. The final surge is on to bring broadband to the end user.
Considering the traditional wired network, we see the last mile retreating. It is under attack by service providers of all sorts. Though traditional copper still benefits from innovative strategies to hold its ground, it is on the defensive. Fiber optics is positioned to break the bottleneck by simply bridging over to wireless without a glitch. The boom in fiber optics, announced decades ago, is really here.
The latest figures from the Fiber to the Home Council Americas (The Latest Research; October 27, 2016) are revealing. It states:
As fiber optic cable approaches final destinations (home, building, office, etc.) it faces specific challenges, in spite of its low fiber count and small format. For a roomy install, cables can be pulled through dedicated conduits that respect bend ratios and are installed for that purpose. But one doesn't always have that luxury. Buildings that have ducts or pipes serving other purposes (e.g. power, sewer) offer a reasonable option for carrying cable.
As a manufacturer serving the FO industry, are you equipped to respond? Maillefer can help, like by doubling production speeds in loose tube cable production, with a particular focus on secondary coating.
Customers have since proven the claim, thanks to our recently introduced ultra-high speed Secondary Coating Line OEL 40 ///Explore. The new line design makes it possible to double previously known line speeds while maintaining loose tube quality within very accurate tolerances. In practice, excess fiber length and post shrinkage are kept under control with different plastic materials and with both dry and gel filled cable designs.
We give you the ability to react fast to market demand. The Plus Value Package is a complete production concept that increases your capacity quickly and easily. For the first time, fiber optic cable manufacturers now also have the means to get on the fast track to deliver.
Blown fiber microduct is an alternative that is becoming popular with civil engineers and building contractors. Future requirements are anticipated by installing empty microduct bundles in new buildings. This reserve capacity lays in wait, ready to receive fibers that are blown (jetted) in according to need.
Maillefer delivered its first microduct lines to pioneers in the industry in the early '90s. With today's booming market, other major manufacturers are following the lead. We have delivered several complete extrusion systems to them for the production of microducts and microduct bundles. Our solutions are single sourced, and able to produce the longest lengths possible.
Fiber is bringing broadband reality to an evergrowing ever-mobile audience, where each individual possesses a multitude of devices. Technology has converged to meet demand. It's time to join us in doing the same.
Product Manager, Fiber Optic Cable Solutions
Technical Sales Director, Pipe (microduct) Solutions
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