Efficient Fiber Construction Practices: Follow-the-Power Approach for Electric Utilities Deploying FTTx

Track: Operations

Session Number: 64
Date: Mon, Jun 3rd, 2019
Time: 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Description:

As electric utilities start to build FTTx access networks, their unique infrastructure requires a different approach to maximize the utilization of their aerial rights-of-way. In this session, presenters will describe the design advantage, types of recommended products, and implementation strategies for a “Follow-the-Power” approach. This includes how an aerial ADSS cable solution compares to a traditional strand and lash cable installation method. Additionally, this session will review the benefits of using the follow-the-power approach in underground applications and how to assess and select the best installation strategies and techniques.

Presenters will explain how in aerial applications an All-Dielectric Self Supporting (ADSS) cable is utilized in the “supply zone” of power distribution pole lines. We will also explore the methods to bring the access drop down to the “communications zone” during the build process. In bringing the access drop to the comm space, it makes possible for non-certified technicians to come back afterwards and connect the FTTx drops to the network — saving cost, reducing the safety risk, increasing resource availability, and removing right of way concerns.

The follow-the-power approach works well for underground applications as well, using existing ducts and infrastructure where possible, and laying new cable above the power space when required. This approach minimizes cable handling, ensures accessibility for maintenance and repair, and minimizes ground opening requirements. Presenters will talk about other benefits as well, such as how the approach offers make-ready cost reductions, reduced hardware costs, faster and easier installations, and an expected longer design life.

Attendees will leave the presentation with a good understanding of the benefits for both aerial and underground installations, and some tips and resources to optimize a planned project.
Session Type: Breakout Session

Learning Objective #1: Attendees will understand the benefits of a follow-the-power approach for both aerial and underground applications.
Learning Objective #2: Attendees will understand the best practices, products and installation strategies for the follow-the-power approach.
Intended Audience Level: Intermediate
Stage of fiber deployment: Performing
Session Type: Breakout Session

Learning Objective #1: Attendees will understand the benefits of a follow-the-power approach for both aerial and underground applications.
Learning Objective #2: Attendees will understand the best practices, products and installation strategies for the follow-the-power approach.
Intended Audience Level: Intermediate
Stage of fiber deployment: Performing

Speakers

Primary Presenter
Patrick E Dobbins
Director - Solutions Engineering
AFL
Co-Presenter 1
Carlos Escobar
Regional Sales Manager - Utility
AFL
Co-Presenter 2
Jens Goermann
Director, Engineering & QA
AFL
Co-Presenter 3
Benton Thompson III
Business Development Manager
AFL
Co-Presenter 4
Paul Thompson
Energy Market Manager
AFL