m2fx has launched its All Dielectric Self Supporting (ADSS) cable. Designed to speed up the last mile of fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) deployments, ADSS’s ultra-lightweight, durable construction means it can use existing poles and fittings, without expensive and time consuming survey, planning and remedial civil works or the need for costly blowing equipment.
By using pre-existing infrastructure, the ADSS cable range is particularly suitable for crowded urban areas, reducing the need to close roads and minimising disruption to cities and homeowners. Due to its all dielectric construction it can be safely located near high voltage overhead cables, and it is self-supporting up to 68 metres (220 feet).
While physically smaller than competing cables and weighs just 23kg per kilometre, enabling easily manual handling, the ADSS range offers a high fibre count. It is available with between four and 12 fibres in the 6mm cable and 24 to 36 fibres in the 7mm version.
The company says the cable is ruggedised, crush resistant and flexible so it can be easily bent round obstacles without impacting performance, and is designed to provide 25 years plus of UV protection in direct sunlight, making it ideal for exposed outdoor deployments. It operates reliably in a wide range of environmental conditions, from -40 to +70 degrees centigrade, wind speeds of 130 kmph and 5mm radial ice loading.