Miniflex FTTx offerings gain RUS listing

JULY 8, 2009 -- Miniflex says that its FTTx portfolio of optical fiber protection, management, and installation products has been accepted for listing by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service.

JULY 8, 2009 -- Miniflex (search Lightwave for Miniflex) says that its FTTx portfolio of optical fiber protection, management, and installation products has been accepted for listing by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS). This means that qualifying rural US telephone companies can deploy Miniflex FTTx products using long-term, low-interest loans funded by the U.S. federal government.

Miniflex asserts its FTTx product portfolio is already being used and trialed by "a number" of independent telco's in the U.S. Midwest, and their backing was important in achieving this listing said a company spokesman.

The Miniflex fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) installation system offers the only totally non-spliced FTTH connectivity offering for connecting the subscriber to the optical fiber network, the company asserts. The FTTH system comprises the UL-listed DVC Microduct; pre-connectorized QuikPush drop cable, which is pushed through the Microduct; WAM battery-powered installation tool, and the SNAC network access terminal into which the QuikPush cable is connected. This deployment approach provides a "Plug 'n' Play" approach that requires lower skilled personnel and saves on equipment, time, and money, Miniflex says.

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