Network construction: overhead

In areas with poles, the easiest way to construct a rural network is to use aerial cable. Overhead cable systems are a tried and tested – and quick – way of installing fibre to the home in rural areas. The fibre cable is suspended from existing poles, with individual fibres separated out as they pass each home. It may be best to combine the overhead and underground methods.

The number of fibres depends on the number of properties

If the rural node (equipment cabinet) is close to a utility pole, the aerial cable is routed to the pole directly from the node. It is carried along the poles to the intended splice points (distribution points), which can be installed on a pole or nearby in a pit or a cabinet. The cable dimensions and the number of fibres depends on the number of properties in the area(s) in question and on the span between the poles.

Direct connection using aerial cable

Properties can also be connected using aerial cable if the ground conditions make this necessary. A small aerial cable runs between the property and the pole where the distribution point is located.

To fix the cable to poles and buildings, spirals matching the cable dimensions are used. For more details, see our installation instructions for optical cable systems for overhead lines, max 55 kV, which also describe accessories like tension relief spirals, suspension fittings and drop clamps.

Moving your signal through the rural network (village network)

Starting with the home, the incoming fibre must always be terminated with an outlet. The operator provides the active equipment which converts light into electric signals (converter). An aerial cable with one or two fibres is installed from the property to the nearest pole, and then runs on poles to the shared distribution point. There, the fibre is spliced to one or two of the fibres in the multifibre cable running to the rural node. Each individual fibre is supplied with the services that have been purchased.

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Nexans products are easy to install and high in quality. There are products for entire run from the rural node to the home outlet. Nexans also works closely with duct and cabinet manufacturers in order to make all rural (local) network products quick and easy to install.

Implementing fibre to the home

Nexans supplies home outlets, fibre cables, suspension fittings for pole mounted fibre cable, splice closures containing fibre splices in distribution points, and all cable handling parts for the fibres entering the rural node.