Apr 19, 2013

Micro-Trenching


I've written before about the physical enormity of telecommunication infrastructure and the many ways wires are stretched from one area to another, but unlike telephone wires fiber isn't directly associated with one method of delivery over another. You'll find it hung up on poles, sunk beneath the sea, and buried underground. The last is particularly annoying for those laying the fiber, though, being that there's so much ground to move out of the way. Expensive deep trenches for miles and miles all for a tiny wire-- or so I imagined.

Thankfully micro-trenching is the new cost effective method for circumvents those difficulties. A giant saw cuts only the tiny necessary crack to string fiber through followed by a sealer that barely highlights the change-- simple and cool!