Hexatronic and Centric Fiber: Subscriber Connection Underway

Oct. 2, 2021
As part of the ongoing strategic partnership between Hexatronic US, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexatronic Group AB, and the communications provider Centric Fiber, installations of complete end-to-end passive fiber optic systems to the […]

As part of the ongoing strategic partnership between Hexatronic US, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexatronic Group AB, and the communications provider Centric Fiber, installations of complete end-to-end passive fiber optic systems to the home (FTTH) throughout the state of Texas has begun.

This video highlights the installation of the micro ducts and fiber for the homes located in Bauer Landing development in Houston, Texas:

FTTH brings multi-gigabit Internet speeds and reliable connectivity into the home, similar to systems delivered to businesses, schools and other commercial buildings. With many people now working from home and students engaged in distance learning, the connection to the Internet has often been disrupted due to the stress of concurrent video streaming, such as through zoom conferences and gaming.

Fiber optic connectivity allows reliable Internet connection with no signal loss or interruption and on multiple devices (laptops, phones, tablets) simultaneously. In addition to speed and dependability, Centric Fiber systems enables home automation capabilities through the network. This provides the user to remotely manage and monitor household applications, such as lighting and security, if these are IP-based.

Blown cabling systems utilize much smaller micro tubes or micro ducts to blow (or "jet") lightweight optical fiber bundles or micro cables through predefined pathways at speeds of up to 300 feet per minute (~100 m/min). Micro tubes are manufactured of tough but flexible materials and are sized to accommodate up to 432 fibers within a micro duct which can be installed underground or above ground (aerially).

The video includes interviews with the key coordinators during this installation: Chris Burton, VP of operations, and Brittany Carney, lead engineer, both with Centric Fiber.

In addition, the video demonstrates the actual on-site installation of the system which includes the blowing speed of 100 mpm from the individual homes to the fiber distribution housing and the termination of 96 fibers per FDH cabinet.

Hexatronic US provided the micro duct cabling system and fiber to every home in Bauer Landing, Houston, TX, as part of their ongoing strategic partnership with Centric Fiber.
Splicing the 96 optical fibers into the underground FDH cabinet.
Fiber termination to each resident’s termination box in the Bauer Landing development, Houston, TX.
Chris Burton, VP of Operations for Centric Fiber, oversees the microfiber system installation at the Bauer Landing development, Houston, TX.

Centric Fiber, a leading service provider in Texas, delivers high-bandwidth fiber optic connectivity to many homes, as well as commercial buildings. Centric Fiber is an Internet service provider and communications infrastructure company focused on expanding fiber optic communications throughout the state of Texas. Its primary focus is bringing differentiated solutions to the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) market. The company is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas. www.centricfiber.com

Hexatronic (www.hexatronic.com) is the supplier for all passive fiber optic infrastructure components, which employs a complete air blown fiber system versus traditional fiber optic cabling. Using micro cabling systems for access networks better utilizes appropriated funding by reducing CapEx and OpEx, and at the same time significantly reducing the impact on the environment.

Blown fiber micro cabling technology is quickly becoming the preferred system solution for access networks based on bandwidth requirements, speed of deployment, network flexibility, future scalability, and of course, the lowest total cost of ownership. When compared to traditional fiber cabling, micro cabling systems provide a much higher return on investment (ROI) due to reduction in material costs, as well as the overall lower cost in labor capitalized by drastic reduction in installation time.

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White Paper: Value of Micro Cabling System vs. Traditional Fiber Optic Cabling Systems for Access Networks
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