Californian municipality reduces FTTP deployment costs by up to 76% with pushable technology and micro trenching
New York and London, 10 June 2014, m2fx, the inventors and producers of the world-leading range of patented Miniflex™ fiber cables, today announced that the City of Loma Linda in California has significantly reduced the installation time and cost of its high speed, municipality-wide fiber network by using its advanced products. The Californian city has been able to lower deployment costs on the last mile of its Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) network by between 64-76%, from $50 to just $12-$18 per foot through pushable technology and micro trenching.
This has enabled it to roll-out the city-wide network within budget and tight timescales, benefiting the 21,000 residents and reinforcing its reputation as a healthcare center. The City has five major hospitals and a healthcare focused graduate university with 15,000 medical, dental, and allied healthcare students. Up to 100,000 people visit the city every day to be treated and it is the regional center for veterans, trauma and children’s care, covering a fifth of California.
Cost-effectively deploying last mile connections was a major issue for the City, with the traditional method of combining trenching and blown fiber proving too expensive to support. By switching to m2fx, and adopting its patented Miniflex pushable fiber cable and ruggedized TuffDuct micro ducts, in combination with micro trenching, it has been able to dramatically bring down the cost and time for deployment.
Installations have been deskilled, with the majority of deployments now completed by municipal staff, with the Landscaping and Irrigation team laying duct and the City electrician pulling or pushing fiber to the final destination from the nearest manhole. Time is further reduced by the use of pre-connectorized fiber cables and m2fx distribution patches.
The new fiber network has delivered major benefits for the City of Loma Linda, boosting its competitiveness and attracting new investment. Medical facilities are now able to share data in real-time, enabling remote diagnostics and faster medical care, while new businesses have moved to the City thanks to the power of the network. Finally, the City has been able to digitize services, removing paper and increasing efficiency, while improving security through a CCTV camera network built on the network.
“Our fiber network is at the heart of Loma Linda’s growth, attracting new businesses and increasing municipal efficiency,” says Konrad Bolowich, Assistant City Manager/Director of IS, City of Loma Linda. “m2fx has been a really strong and responsive partner, working with us to help bring down installation costs – without their pushable fiber and micro trenching our deployment would simply have been impossible economically.”
The City of Loma Linda, covering 7.5 square miles in the San Bernadino Valley in southern California, is a community of 21,000 people. It is run by a full service municipal government, providing facilities including police and fire protection as well as water, sewer and refuse utility services.
“Increasingly municipalities across the United States are looking to attract investment, jobs, and residents by deploying state of the art fiber networks,” says Larry Malone, President, Americas, m2fx. “As the success of the City of Loma Linda demonstrates, high speed broadband boosts competitiveness and brings enormous benefits. Lowering installation costs is a vital part of the business case behind any municipal fiber network, and the combination of micro trenching and our pushable fiber has enabled the City of Loma Linda to reduce expenditure and deployment time to fit its budget.”
Since deployment began all business premises and over 1,600 houses have been connected to the fiber network with a substantial percentage using m2fx Miniflex cable and duct. Buildings are being added on an ongoing basis, with 800 new homes scheduled to be constructed over the next three years. Additionally, a new 350,000 square foot Veteran’s Administration medical clinic is now being built in the City, and will not only be connected to the network, but will have m2fx’s indoor fiber protection products specified for internal use.
To download the full case study on Loma Linda, click here: http://www.m2fx.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Loma-Linda-FTTH-Case-Study.pdf
m2fx makes hard plastic flexible through its patented grooved design and process, protecting optical fiber during the last mile of an install. Best known for its innovative Miniflex™ protection tube, cable and microduct products, m2fx specializes in tough yet flexible FTTX cable/microduct routing products that are designed to protect fiber yet still be light and ultra flexible to enable fast and efficient installation in the field. Its patented pushable technology dramatically reduces the time and cost of installations by removing the need for specialist equipment and skills, leading to typical installation savings of 50% compared to traditional methods.
Headquartered in the UK and with global sales operations, m2fx has already delivered over 67 million feet of duct and Miniflex cable that has been manufactured at its state of the art UK production facility. m2fx products are deployed in telecoms networks, data centers, cars and aircraft in 52 countries across the world.
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