m2fx touts fiber to the premises milestone

April 30, 2013
Fiber cable and connectivity supplier m2fx says that, thanks to a recent deployment by Champaign Telephone Company in Illinois, the company’s patented Miniflex fiber cable, microduct, and protection tube products have now seen use in 25,000 fiber to the premises (FTTP) installations worldwide.

Fiber cable and connectivity supplier m2fx says that, thanks to a recent deployment by Champaign Telephone Co. in Illinois, the company’s patented Miniflex fiber-optic cable, microduct, and protection tube products have now seen use in 25,000 fiber to the premises (FTTP) installations worldwide.

Miniflex is distinctive because of its ability to support pushing the fiber cable through conduit. This ability reduces deployment time and can save as much as 50% on installation costs in the developed world versus conventional fiber-optic cable installation approaches, the company says. Meanwhile, its patented grooved design and process protects the optical fiber in the last 200 feet of an install while maintaining a high degree of cable flexibility.

Champaign Telephone has deployed 100,000 feet of Miniflex products since 2012 to connect more than 150 buildings to its metro Ethernet network. m2fx asserts the network services supplier has seen a 40% reduction in labor costs combined with faster installation time. Technical crews can complete a 500-foot run of cable in half a day, which enables Champaing Telephone to execute “next day” installations for new connections.

“We’re seeing huge growth in demand for fiber connections, both to the premises of our customers and within their buildings,” explained Mike Vrem, business development, Champaign Telephone Company. “m2fx’s products tick all our boxes – they are technically strong, can be used both inside and out, and enable faster, cheaper installation without the need for expensive blowing equipment. As a company they are extraordinarily responsive to our needs – we can do more in less time working with m2fx, enabling us to continue to deliver the best solutions to our customers.”

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