Cable installation technology specialist Emtelle has unveiled FibreFlow WEBFLEX, a direct burial tube bundle designed to support simplified branching of microducts in fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) applications. The bundle comprises 12 microducts joined in a branch formation that enables technicians to strip and branch individual microducts easily and without disruption or damage to the other microducts in the bundle, Emtelle says.
The FibreFlow WEBFLEX bundle’s design eliminates the need for the connectors required with conventional branching approaches, according to Emtelle. The design also reduces duct waste, so technicians can get fuller use of the tubes within the bundle, the company adds.
FTTx network installers can lay FibreFlow WEBFLEX bundles in an open trench and installed in a micro trench in an Emtelle Vertex configuration. Customers also can use the bundle in an Emtelle Multifu system configuration where the fibers are pre-installed; here, tubes can be broken and branched during the initial installation or branched in the future by pulling back the fiber.
The company has begun filed trials of the FibreFlow WEBFLEX in the UK, U.S., and the Middle East, according to Scott Modha, who works in international business development at Emtelle.
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