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What is FIBER?

What is Fiber to the Premise (FTTP)

CalTel is thrilled to announce that Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) service will be available in your area soon. In our efforts to keep you well-informed, we have compiled a set of frequently asked questions along with corresponding answers to ensure you stay connected and have a clear understanding of what to expect.

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What is FTTP?

Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) is an advanced cabling technology that replaces outdated copper cables with fiber optic lines. Unlike copper cables, fiber optic cables do not conduct electricity, making them highly resistant to atmospheric conditions.

What’s the difference between copper cables and fiber cables?

Fiber cable infrastructure stands unrivaled in terms of reliability compared to any other method of delivering Internet, Voice, or Video services. It is the most dependable technology, offering unparalleled connection speeds.

Why do I care about FTTP?

FTTP represents the future of both home and business entertainment and communication. Traditional communication networks lack the capacity to support the bandwidth requirements of emerging Internet technologies. As consumers increasingly rely on wireless devices, smartphones, smart TVs, home security systems, and Wi-Fi-enabled appliances, the demand for bandwidth continues to grow. Fiber optic technology can deliver Internet speeds exceeding 1 Gigabit per second (1 Gbps), ensuring seamless operation for all these devices and applications.

How will CalTel install the Fiber cable to my home?

Initially, a crew will be conducting door-to-door visits to collect specific details about your property. This information is crucial for addressing any unique circumstances at your residence and ensuring the most efficient installation and overall experience. Following this, our construction crew will bury a compact orange conduit approximately 12-18 inches deep, pull the new fiber optic cable through it, and install a small box (Clamshell) on the side of your house.

How long will the fiber drop installation take?

The duration of the installation process should not exceed 6 hours, considering the length of the drop and the number of obstacles involved.

Do I need to be home for the fiber drop installation?

No, your presence is not required. However, if the environment is deemed unsafe for any reason, CalTel will be unable to install the duct and or conduit.

How much does the Fiber and Clamshell placement cost?

It’s Free!  No cost will occur during the initial construction phase. However, if authorization for placement is not granted now and service is requested later, charges may apply for installing the conduit and fiber optic cable after the completion of CalTel’s initial construction phase.

How is the Clamshell placed on my home or business?

Our goal is to position the Clamshell in proximity to the existing Network Interface Device (NID) currently on your home to facilitate access to the current wiring. In the event that access to that location is not feasible, CalTel will place it in the most efficient and least intrusive area for access into the home or business. 

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Fiber Optic Cable: Fiber Optic Cables are bundles of independent glass strands that carry signals from the transmitter to the receiver.

Fiber Conduit/Duct: The Fiber Conduit/Duct is a small orange pipe used to protect the Fiber Drop from rodents and the environment. While not indestructible, the Fiber Conduit/Duct effectively serves its purpose to safeguard your cable.

Fiber Drop (“Drop”): The Fiber Drop is a small black, micro cable consisting of one strand of glass, connecting from the node to the Outdoor Unit (ODU), commonly referred to as a Clamshell.

Clamshell: The Clamshell is a protective housing placed on a home or building to connect the Fiber Cable Drop to the Inside Cabling. Within this housing, CalTel will make a splice to transition the two different cabling systems. This housing also allows CalTel to troubleshoot cable issues without accessing your residence if a problem arises.