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NEW YORK -- m2fx, (http://www.m2fx.com/) the inventors and producers of the world-leading range of patented Miniflex fiber 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 fiber network by using its advanced products. The Californian city has been able to lower deployment costs on the last mile of its Fiber 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 center. 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 center 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 fiber proving too expensive to support. By switching to m2fx, and adopting its patented Miniflex pushable fiber cable and ruggedized 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 fiber to the final destination from the nearest manhole. Time is further reduced by the use of pre-connectorized fiber cables and m2fx distribution patches.

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