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FTTA

When planning a fiber connection to an antenna, it will often be necessary to share a pole location with other providers, and typically space on the pole must be leased. An FTTA project’s main goal should be reducing the overall size, weight, and number of connections while maintaining the requisite bandwidth and providing adequate power to the antenna or small cell.

Knet microducts reduce the number of connections to only a single connection. Even in scenarios where multiple cables may be needed, a microduct bundle has many individual microducts inside, each one allowing for its own cable, without requiring a pole attachment for each cable.

Microducts are also compact and lightweight and their durable outer sheath provides protection that allows for the use of smaller and more lightweight cables that do not need to provide their own armoring or protection.

There are more benefits to be had when utilizing a hybrid fiber/power cable. This type of cable drastically reduces the material demand and complexity of a traditional FTTA installation. 

With a hybrid fiber/power cable, you can utilize a single microduct to supply both bandwidth and power to a breakout box, where there are terminals for both power and fibers. From there simply attach a short fiber jumper cable and short power cable from the terminals in the breakout box to their terminal in the microcell cabinet, and your installation is complete.

The technology and installation method used to get you to the base of the tower is up to you. Knet supplies microducts to support any installation type including direct buried, aerial, direct install, and indoor LSZH. And because microduct branching is as simple and easy as snapping on a connector, there is no need for costly and time consuming fiber splicing at the base of the tower or pole.

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