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Emtelle introduces FS:Detect, the latest enhancement of its FiSpy microduct connection system

Building on FiSpy's growing reputation, FS:Detect enables operators and their network construction partners to quickly identify the exact location of faults or failed fibre installation.

Hawick, Scotland, June 11, 2018Emtelle, a leading provider of blown fibre and ducted network solutions for the telecoms industry, has added FS:Detect to its product range to create an innovative integrated kit designed to pinpoint damage and deliver error-free microduct selection in fibre networks, significantly reducing costly repairs and installation time.

Developed by New Zealand-based FiComms, the FiSpy kit consists of two complementary hand tools. FS:Select, also known as FiSpy, can be used to accurately identify the damaged microduct, eliminating the risk of incorrect selection and cutting of ducts which may have live services in them. This ensures disruption and damage is kept to a minimum, while allowing repairs to be easily carried out and new fibre to be installed.

Operators can then use the FS:Detect, which uses a blowable, traceable wire, that can be blown up to 500m, to detect damage to ducts or microducts within a tube bundle or microduct fibre environment. The cable is designed to stop when it hits any damage or impingement, which can then be traced using a standard CAT scanner and generator to pinpoint the exact area of damage.

“The addition of FS:Detect to our range creates a complete kit which should cover all potential microduct connectivity issues, with the operation expense saving being so great that FiSpy will have paid for itself after just three uses when you take multiple civil engineers‘ activities into account,” said Colin Kirkpatrick, European Sales Director at Emtelle. “As the original blown fibre manufacturer, with 25 years of experience and expertise in blown fibre tubing, we are committed to minimising project costs, installation time and disruption to services - and that is exactly what the FiSpy kit enables.”

The combination of the FS:Select and the FS:Detect into one integrated kit can enable the detection of microducts with no individual colour identification, guaranteeing an error-free selection of faulty or failed fibre installations.

The newly developed kit can be supplied in up to 1,000m lengths and has a minimum bend radius of 21mm, making it agile enough for any field deployment scenario. While maintaining a compact, handheld portable design to ensure high-user friendliness and easy transportation.

“The reaction to the launch of FiSpy earlier this year has been incredibly positive and when we saw an opportunity to widen its capabilities and create a complete, all-round solution, we knew we had to take it,” said Sean Rainthorpe, CEO of FiComms. “The full FiSpy kit not only allows operators to select the microduct where there is a fault but enables exact detection of where the fault is in the microduct, helping them get their customers back online quickly – which is incredibly important as demand for ‘always-on broadband continues to rise.”

The combined capabilities of Emtelle’s FS:Select and FS:Detect will be showcased for the first time at ANGA COM 2018, where Emtelle will put the FiSpy kit to the test in an all-new blown fibre race which has been built into an interactive stand (G60). The race will see the FiSpy kit pitted against other existing products in the market, giving visitors a first-hand glimpse at its revolutionary capabilities.

The FiSpy kit will join Emtelle’s full portfolio of blown fibre and ducted solutions on display at ANGA COM 2018, in Cologne, Germany, at stand G60, from Tuesday, June 12 to Thursday, June 14.

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About Emtelle
Emtelle, with its Headquarters in Hawick, Scotland, is a global leader in the manufacturing of blown fibre and ducted solutions since its inception in 1980. Over the 35 years it has been operating, Emtelle has assisted all the key players with FTTH roll-outs worldwide. Its emphasis is on listening to customer requirements and designing innovative and unique products to meet the needs of customer projects. At the same time, it focuses on creating best value, reducing total project costs and minimizing installation time and disruption. Emtelle’s recent investment of more than €30 million in its European factory plants underpins this commitment.

Emtelle’s global market coverage, including operations in the UK, Scandinavia and now Germany as well as sales offices in The Netherlands, Eastern Europe, Australia and Malaysia, allows it to serve more than 50 markets worldwide. Emtelle also has dedicated staff across the globe to provide field support to any customers regardless of location.

Emtelle’s sales and technical teams work together globally to provide the highest standard of excellence throughout all its activities, including in customer service, and to maintain industry leadership in fibre and ducted networks by using the company’s production capacity to develop and perfect the best possible solutions.

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About FiComms
New Zealand based FiComms Limited is a company dedicated to assisting with the successful global roll-out of Fibreoptic Communications. FiComms provide state of the art tools and equipment designed to facilitate this process in the most effective way. The company origins are in the FTTX industry giving FiComms insight into what works and doesn’t work when building and operating a network. FiComms vision and business are based on innovation, quality and efficiency and the company believe this is the best way to deliver the maximum benefits to their customers.