Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Linda Loma deploys high speed fibre network with m2fx

m2fx
Tuesday 10 June 14

m2fx, the inventors and producers of the world-leading range of patented Miniflex™ fibre cables, today announced that the City of Loma Linda in California has significantly reduced the installation time and cost of its high speed, municipality-wide fibre network by using its advanced products. The Californian city has been able to lower deployment costs on the last mile of its Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) network by between 64-76%, from $50 to just $12-$18 per foot through pushable technology and micro trenching. This has enabled it to roll…

m2fx, the inventors and producers of the world-leading range of patented Miniflex™ fibre cables, today announced that the City of Loma Linda in California has significantly reduced the installation time and cost of its high speed, municipality-wide fibre network by using its advanced products. The Californian city has been able to lower deployment costs on the last mile of its Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) network by between 64-76%, from $50 to just $12-$18 per foot through pushable technology and micro trenching.

This has enabled it to roll-out the city-wide network within budget and tight timescales, benefiting the 21,000 residents and reinforcing its reputation as a healthcare centre. The City has five major hospitals and a healthcare focused graduate university with 15,000 medical, dental, and allied healthcare students. Up to 100,000 people visit the city every day to be treated and it is the regional centre for veterans, trauma and children’s care, covering a fifth of California.

Cost-effectively deploying last mile connections was a major issue for the City, with the traditional method of combining trenching and blown fibre proving too expensive to support. By switching to m2fx, and adopting its patented Miniflex pushable fibre cable and ruggedised TuffDuct micro ducts, in combination with micro trenching, it has been able to dramatically bring down the cost and time for deployment.

Installations have been deskilled, with the majority of deployments now completed by municipal staff, with the Landscaping and Irrigation team laying duct and the City electrician pulling or pushing fibre to the final destination from the nearest manhole. Time is further reduced by the use of pre-connectorised fibre cables and m2fx distribution patches.

The new fibre network has delivered major benefits for the City of Loma Linda, boosting its competitiveness and attracting new investment. Medical facilities are now able to share data in real-time, enabling remote diagnostics and faster medical care, while new businesses have moved to the City thanks to the power of the network. Finally, the City has been able to digitise services, removing paper and increasing efficiency, while improving security through a CCTV camera network built on the network.

“Our fibre network is at the heart of Loma Linda’s growth, attracting new businesses and increasing municipal efficiency,” says Konrad Bolowich, Assistant City Manager/Director of IS, City of Loma Linda. “m2fx has been a really strong and responsive partner, working with us to help bring down installation costs – without their pushable fibre and micro trenching our deployment would simply have been impossible economically.”

The City of Loma Linda, covering 7.5 square miles in the San Bernadino Valley in southern California, is a community of 21,000 people. It is run by a full service municipal government, providing facilities including police and fire protection as well as water, sewer and refuse utility services.

“Increasingly municipalities across the United States are looking to attract investment, jobs, and residents by deploying state of the art fibre networks,” says Larry Malone, President, Americas, m2fx. “As the success of the City of Loma Linda demonstrates, high speed broadband boosts competitiveness and brings enormous benefits. Lowering installation costs is a vital part of the business case behind any municipal fibre network, and the combination of micro trenching and our pushable fibre has enabled the City of Loma Linda to reduce expenditure and deployment time to fit its budget.”

Since deployment began all business premises and over 1,600 houses have been connected to the fibre network with a substantial percentage using m2fx Miniflex cable and duct. Buildings are being added on an ongoing basis, with 800 new homes scheduled to be constructed over the next three years. Additionally, a new 350,000 square foot Veteran’s Administration medical clinic is now being built in the City, and will not only be connected to the network, but will have m2fx’s indoor fibre protection products specified for internal use.


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