NOVEMBER 29, 2010 -- Merit Network Inc. has selected CommScope as fiber-optic cable vendor for Merit's broadband stimulus project, REACH-3MC. The REACH-3MC project will build 1,017 miles of open-access, advanced fiber-optic network through rural and underserved communities in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
"We believe that CommScope will manufacture and deliver a superior fiber-optic cable at a very competitive cost," says Bob Stovall, vice president of network engineering and operations for Merit Network. "There are a number of factors that we examined to reach this conclusion, from the quality of fiber-optic cable produced to the delivery methods and cleanup."
"The fiber delivery is done via CommScope's own fleet of delivery vehicles that are equipped with off-loading hoists," mentions Robert Duncan, Merit's director of infrastructure architecture and strategy. "This means Merit will not have the need for shipping and receiving docks or forklifts to accept the delivery of the fiber. It makes things easier and more cost-effective."
The CommScope bid included the recovery and recycling of all spent reels as well, the Merit team says. This factor is significant considering more than 1,000 empty reels are expected upon completion of construction.