Enabling Low Risk and Cost Effective
Fiber Deployment
Mobily Workshop : September 2014
Introducing M2FX
1997 Products approved at BT in first production
2002 Licensed production in Europe
2007 Pioneer in commercialisation of Splice-less FTTx Products
2011 Rebrand of Miniflex to M2FX
 In-house UK based technical design team
 UK based 30,000ft manufacturing plant
 Sales offices in UK and USA
60,000+ FTTx installations to date
45,000km of cable and duct installed
20,000+ Datacoms/Patch cords connections
52 countries serviced
Product approved by leading Tier 1 operators
Positioning M2FX USP
 Miniflex : Best-in-class robust, light weight, fibre protection
3mm diameter up to 12 fibers // 4mm up to 24 fibers
Hard plastic and UV resistant
Flexible due to the live hinges
Kink resistant
 Quikpush : Pushable Connectorisation
Deployable through ducting
Elimination of splicing
Elimination of blowing
Simple to use
 High Quality Fiber Protection : End to End Solution provider
Indoor, Outdoor and Buried microduct
Patented DVC lining for increasing performance
Industry leading crush, flexibility & durability
Unrivalled fiber protection
Miniflex Unique Properties
 Loose Tube Design
 More resilient to temperature fluctuations & better tensile strength
 Easier to handle individual fibers when field splicing
 High Crush Resistance
 Crush resistance up to 1,400N
 Equivalent to 140kg per square inch
 Macro Bending & Anti Kink
 5x time Outside Diameter of the Miniflex cable
 Miniflex generates torsional helix recoil to resist super-tight bends
 Tensile Strength
 Developed to meet ‘Pushable fiber’ installation techniques
 >200N per 2km self support
Miniflex Unique Properties
 High Temperature Flexibility
 Outdoor/Indoor/FR Miniflex operating temperature -40°C to +85°C
 Indoor/LSZH Miniflex operating temperature -20°C to +85°C
 Environmental Conditions
 Outdoor/Indoor Miniflex UL94: V0 / Full UV resistance
 Indoor/LSZH Miniflex UL94: V2
 Lightweight and Durable
 Less than 13kg per 2km reel
 OEM labelling and specific print options available
 High Crush Resistance
 Designed & produced to the highest standards in United Kingdom
 ISO 9001 & 14001 certified, REACH, ROHS compliant
Miniflex Unique Properties
 Products approved by Mobily
Miniflex fibre optic cable approved for 1-24 fibre
Available with ‘Mobily’ printed on the cable (or as directed)
Available in White, Black & Colours to order
500km deployed in Mobily network over the past 12 months
Miniflex Specific Applications
 Fiber to the Home/Premises (FTTH/P)
Most flexible, lightweight and robust cable on the market
Removing the need for skilled field engineers and installation equipment
Creating a ‘Copy & Paste’ model for >75% of FTTH deployment
Proven track record with leading Tier 1 operators around the world
 In-Building / MDU Tailored Solution
Eliminates the need for installation equipment and trained technicians
Miniflex designed specifically for ‘Pushable’ application
Proven to dramatically increase the ROI for In-Building projects
Real Life performance with QNBN in Qatar, AT&T in US, plus others
 Telecoms / DAS
Fiber to the antenna for both indoor and outdoor environments
High quality materials gives UV resistance and LSZH performance
Removes the requirements for Outdoor and Indoor micro ducting
Increases installation efficiency and reduces Capex cost
Three Stage In-Building
Design Concept
Challenges facing In-Building installation
 How to cost effectively bring the fibre
from the ODB into the building and into
the apartment
 Considerations for ensuring:
 Professional cable management
 Reduced equipment footprint
 Timely installation
 There is not always 100% customer
uptake, so further consideration for
 Meet short term demand (PtP) OR
 Provide for future customers (Splice)
 Finding the optimum solution when
planning for a variety of In-Building
designs is the challenge
Stage 1 : Fibre to the Premises
 Existing installation methods require microduct & cable
Traditional deployed in PtP format with single cable from the ODB
Time consuming to install the microduct and then pull/blow the fibre cable
Potential life cycle issues when deploying outdoor microduct
Flexible microduct life span is less than 2 years
Not scalable in medium to high end MDU environments
ODB cable management becoming un-managable
Stage 1 : Fibre to the Premises
 Miniflex enables low risk and cost effective fibre connection
UV resistant in the most demanding situations (+85°C)
Miniflex can be deployed outdoors without the need for microduct
Lightweight and compact for durable installation using only wall clips
Aesthetically pleasing installation that reduces the visual footprint
Reduces the installation time which vastly increases the ROI
Stage 1 : Fibre to the Premises
1. The fiber breaks out from the curb to the premises and into an ODB
This is generally preformed by the Service Deployment team
2. Existing ODB has grown organically and will cause issues in the future
Harsh Saudi environment will lead to early end of life if remaining outdoors
3. Revised ODB installation method could bring all wiring indoors
Single connection from the Outside ODB to the Indoor IDB
1. FTTP ODB Location
2. Existing PtP Install
3. Moving the ODB Indoors
Stage 1: Fibre inside the Premises
Connecting the ODB into the IDB/IDF located in the building
Breaking out with a Pre-Terminated Miniflex Lead
Removing need to splice in the field with ‘plug & play’ solution
Brings the Point of Failure inside the building and away from damage
Now fully protected from harsh weather and extends the life
1. FTTP ODB Location
2. Miniflex Pre-Terminated Break Out Lead
Stage 1 : Fibre inside the Premises
1. Optokon ODB/IDB Solution : Scalable to suit building requirements
Unit can be preconfigured for quicker installation with SC or LC plugs
2. Optokon IDF Solution : 19” Rack mounted units designed to suit
Plug and play options to quickly add new customers when signed to operator
Stage 2 : Fibre to the floor
 Rather than using traditional PtP
connection from the ODB to apartment
 Introduce Floor Level Box
1. Take the IDB to Floor Level box
2. ‘Pushable’ pre-connectorised Miniflex
from the IDB to the Floor Splice box
3. LSZH Risser Rated solution
Providing Plug & Play solution
Future Proof and Scalable
Speeds future connections by 5x
De-skills installation requirement
Stage 2 : Fibre to the floor
Miniflex Riser Solution : Pre-connectorised and Pluggable
Support for pre-terminated Miniflex to speed installation times
Miniflex can be pushed through the existing conduit
OR LSZH conduit can be installed using M2FX solutions
One cable per floor and thus reducing cable management concerns
Future proofing the building for simple and fast additional connections
M2FX LSZH DVC Lined Microduct
Miniflex Patch Cord termination options
Stage 2 : Fibre to the floor
Optokon ODB/IDB Solution : Scalable to suit building requirements
Unit can be preconfigured for quicker installation with SC or LC plugs
Common unit in the network
And can be used in the basement, outdoors and/or floor level
Stage 3 : Fibre to the apartment
 Pre-connectorised Miniflex reel for 5x
faster installation and removing all
engineer skills during the installation
1. Hand-push through existing conduits
2. Or install directly onto building without
the need for additional conduits
3. Quikpush used inside apartment
Providing Plug & Play solution
Fast and unobtrusive inside apartment
Speeds future connections by 5x
Deskills installation requirement
Stage 2 : Fibre to the apartment
 Miniflex innovative ‘Pushable’ fibre installation cable
Miniflex cable offers strength, flexibility and compact size
Can be pushed by hand through existing pre-populated conduits/ducts
Lightweight and compact form factor allows for discreet installation
Ability to remove additional ducting inside the apartment
Stage 3 : Fibre to the apartment
 Pre-terminated Miniflex further reduces the installation cost
Patented ‘QuikPush’ solution delivers unrivalled installation speeds
Available in a range of lengths to support all installations (10 -250m)
De-skills the installation team while increasing installation speeds
Supports a variety of installations with a ‘tool-box’ of solutions
Stage 3 : Installation Guidelines
 Step 1 : Miniflex cable cutter
 The m2fx cable and Microduct cutter performs perfect neat cuts to
the end of the cable and/or microduct.
 Step 2 : Miniflex cable rotary cutter
 The cable rotary cutters are ideal for removing the outset sheath
without cutting or damaging the optical fibres and/or microduct.
 Step 3 : Hot glue gun install
 Hot-melt glue guns are available and allow fast fixing of Miniflex
optical fibre cable to a range of building materials.
 Step 4 : Cable wall clips
 Cable clips are available in a range of different types, suitable for
various types of materials including timber, masonry, plastic, metal
and render.
Stage 3 : Fibre to the apartment
Optokon Customer Unit Solution : Compact and easy to install
Can hold 2 SC simplex adaptors or 2 LC duplex adaptors
Easily re-enter with minimum tools, saving time and cost
Can be pre-terminated onto Miniflex reels for Plug & Play connections
Dramatically de-skilling the installation process as no splicing required
End to End solution deskilling the
installation process by u to 5x
Big Picture : Future proof today!
Phase 1
1st apartment on the
ground floor
Phase 2
2nd customer on the
existing 1st floor now
Ready for future
plug and play for
new customers
New customer on
ground floor installed
and future proofed
Phase 3
2nd floor has a new
customer and floor
is ready for future
plug & play new
Phase 4
Finally 3rd floor has
new a customer and
customers on the
other floors and
installed faster than
QNBN Proven Success
Doha, Qatar : April 2014
QNBN Case Study
 QNBN have a nationwide project to retro-fit fiber
optic cable into existing infrastructure in
approximately 100 apartment blocks
 Ericsson has been selected as the integrator for
the project
20mm electrical conduit in place
Cat-6 cable already in the existing conduits
Floor level runs on average <25m
Blown fiber killing the business case
 Ericsson used Miniflex LSZH 4-core fiber cable
 1st Pushable fiber demonstration by Ericsson
 Supported locally by two M2fx engineers
QNBN Scope
 Miniflex LSZH 3mm cable complete with 2 pushable clip on brass dongle
 Hand pushed into existing 20mm electrical conduits, which are
populated with existing Cat-6 cable
 The typical route was estimated at 15-25 metres with 2 or 3 x 90° bends
and at least 1 conduit join
QNBN Performance
Miniflex was pushed by hand into 15 apartments up to a distance of 25m
No air blown installation equipment was used
No physical installation equipment was used
No technical skill level was required
Less than 5 minutes training from the M2FX engineers was needed
 Ericsson installation teams performed the demonstration
 25 QNBN technicians present and were involved in the pilot
 Senior management handled the cable and undertook pushable demo
 Splicing performed in each apartment with 0.05dB loss
 100% connectivity and no faults detected after connection test
 QNBN 100% happy and positive towards M2FX/Ericsson Pushable fiber
QNBN Conclusion
 Miniflex was pushed by hand at a speed of 15m per minute
 On average, saved 45 minutes installation per apartment
 Over 10 buildings, this will save >2,200 hours (93 days!)
 QNBN have stated that future air blown fiber installations will not be
acceptable and requesting only hand pushable fiber in the future
 QNBN senior management see the huge advantages of pushable fiber
 QNBN have issued Material Approval for M2FX cable
But what about the FTTH
SDU Solution
Same same but Different
 Essentially SDU installation is the same principal as In-Building
 Taking FTTC inside the premises via a PtP connection
 Ideally suited to QuikPush and pre-termination
SDU Overview
 Push or Pull installation reduces install time and cost:
 Hand pushed up to 100m in new ducts / up to 25m in occupied microducts
 Miniflex can be pulled 300-450m using traditional methods
 No need for expensive blowing and/or compressor equipment
 Pre-terminated QuikPush technology:
 Ruggedised Pre-termination (one or both ends) fibre cable
 Remove the need for splicing and extensive time on site
 Deskill the installation teams while increasing efficiency
 Proven to reduce the installation time & increase the quality
 Product approval by Mobily and already used in the network
 Proven business case with existing Mobily installers
Mobily / Detasad Case Example
Miniflex from the ODB
into the customers villa
Note that external
microduct is no longer
required due to the UV
performance of Miniflex
Miniflex runs into the
premises connected
directly to the wall
without microduct
Miniflex enters the
premises and still
does not require
Ultimately into the
customer wall box
with QuikPush
M2FX End-2-End Toolbox Summary
 Removal of external microduct
 Miniflex clipped directly to the outside wall
 Flexible, strong and lightweight cable management and reduced footprint
 Hand push Miniflex through existing conduit/duct
 Reduces cable damage and down time (pull/push rod not required)
 Removal of expensive installation blowing equipment
 QuikPush and Pre-terminated solutions drive down installation times
 Reduces the number of field splices
 Deskills the installation team(s) and reduces the installation time
 Plug and Play network designed for tomorrows requirements
 Splice provisioned network designed to support todays customers
 100% removal of requirement of training installation teams
 High quality manufacturing and 20+ years of fiber innovation
 Miniflex produced only in the United Kingdom
 All components produced or sourced from within the EU
Here to help:
Mr Simon Roberts
Sales Director Middle East & Africa
[email protected]
Mob: +44 7787 298350

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