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Alternatives to Alcohol for Fiber Splicing

With the current shortages of Isopropyl Alcohol, non-alcohol alternative cleaner options for fiber optic splicing are available.  American Polywater products QuicKleen™ and AquaKleen™ Fiber Optic Cleaners are non-alcohol based and pass Telcordia GR 2923-CORE testing standards. Polywater® QuicKleen™   Fast Evaporating Cleaner for Ferrules, Bulkheads, and Fiber End Faces. QuicKleen™ is a unique solvent blend that cleans completely, evaporates quickly, …

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EZ Prep – It’s All About the Tool

We’re all familiar with the expression, “it’s all about the tool”. Well this is certainly true when it comes to the EZ Prep Tool. For any fiber splicing, this is a true time saver when it comes to splitting the jacket for easy access to the fiber underneath. Normally you would need to take the outer jacket off the cable, …

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Maximizing Your Fiber Network with a Duraline Microduct Override

The demands on a fiber optic network today are constantly changing; whether it is for broadband services, smart-city, or smart-grid solutions, fiber networks are continually pushing their limits.  So how can our existing fiber networks keep up?  Microtechnology.  Though this technology is not new, the market has blown up over recent years and can be a great solution to several …

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Underground Enclosures – What do the load ratings mean?

I have been selling underground enclosures for over 20 years and one question always seems to always come up and the answers vary: What tier rating do your enclosures need to be?  So many times, the response I get is ‘Traffic Rated’.  Okay, what do you mean by ‘Traffic Rated’?  Is it being installed in the road and will have …

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5G is coming. When Can We Get Excited About it?

What is 5G? The fifth generation of wireless networks, or 5G, has been nearly a decade in the making, and it’s finally becoming a reality. Promising dramatically faster speeds, instantaneous communication, and the ability to network everything, 5G has incredible potential. We’ve all been through the various generations of networks with 1G phones that only allowed users a phone call …