The F2F extraction and replacement technology offers multiple commercial advantages over conventional fibre optic installation and power cable replacement methods. Upgrading copper cable to high speed or replacement power cable networks currently involves significant civil engineering works that can absorb 80% of the budget and cause major public disruption.
- Typical F2F extraction costs are 60+% less than traditional digging and reinstatement methods in urban and city environments. Digging in urban areas represents approximately 80% of fibre installation/cable replacement budgets; a 60% reduction therefore offers a potential 48% total cost reduction.
- Existing cable sheaths from which the inner core has been extracted can be used for new cables, avoiding the costly process of installation from scratch.
- The risk of damage and expensive repairs to utilities and existing infrastructure is virtually eliminated.
- The start of works is accelerated. Lengthy planning delays are avoided as fewer planning permissions are required due to reduced road/footpath/site excavation closure and reinstatement. In conservation areas permission to trench may be denied completely.
- The speed of operation is greatly increased; one F2F crew of 3-4 can extract up to 500+m/day (subject to cable type and environment) whilst an excavation crew may only complete 50-200m/day dependent on location.
- Rapid delivery to market and income; fibre/cable upgrade programmes are expedited, enabling critical growth and increase of market share.