3M introduces One Pass Fibre Pathway
30 January 2013
3M, the diversified technology company, has launched its 3M One Pass Fibre Pathway range in the UK and Ireland. Addressing the growing demand for high speed broadband in apartment blocks and other multi-dwelling units (MDUs), the One Pass Fibre Pathway system is fast to install and involves minimal disruption to a building or its occupants.
The system will be on show at the Fibre to the Home Council Europe conference, being held in London between 19 and 21 February 2013.
By using an adhesive exclusive to 3M to achieve a durable bond to hallways and walls, no sawing, stapling or hammering is involved. Installation can usually be completed in one visit, typically less than two hours, with just one small crew. Once installed, One Pass Fibre Pathway has been described as ‘virtually invisible’ - about the width of a pencil it can be painted to blend with the wall surface.
Says Neil Roberts, General Sales and Marketing Manager, responsible for 3M’s electrical and telecommunications markets in the UK & Ireland, “Telecom companies and building owners realise that customers in multi-dwelling units want the high-speed broadband benefits that fibre networks can provide, particularly with the rise of video on demand, online gaming, HDTV, VOIP and high-tech security systems. However, upgrading in-building networks has previously been costly, messy and time-consuming. That is why the One Pass Fibre Pathway range represents such a breakthrough, because it enables FTTx installation that is fast, simple and has minimal impact on buildings or end users.”
Fast and easy installation
With the additional of the One Pass Mini Fibre Pathway by 3M, fibre can be further extended into the living unit or office, helping to ensure high-quality broadband connection deep within buildings. This single fibre product is simply connected to the hallway distribution cable and then positioned on a wall outlet near an optical network termination. Installers can choose from a variety of cable lengths, which are pre-loaded with 6 or 12 fibres. Cables can also optionally be factory-terminated with SC connectors to make installation even easier and faster.
The unit can be mounted on most surfaces, including painted concrete and once installed, the ivory-coloured PVC cable sheath can be painted to match the wall. Corners can be handled with ease, because the bend-sensitive fibre ensures the correct bend radius leading so signal integrity is not compromised.
Part of the FTTx Network range from 3M
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