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Bringing critical infrastructure to communities.

Data consumption is on the rise—and shows no sign of slowing down. As forward-looking cities and municipalities look for ways to add the capacity they need to attract businesses and keep residents happy and connected, many are turning to microtrenching. It’s a fast, minimally invasive way to bring critical fiber infrastructure to new areas and communities.

Why cities are choosing microtrenching.

Many cities are turning to microtrenching as an effective way to quickly install fiber without causing disruption to everyday life. These are many of the benefits that lead them to favor it over traditional methods.

Less disruption

A two-inch trench keeps traffic moving.

Fiber is installed underground through a narrow cut in the pavement—up to two inches wide. The process is fast, and usually only shuts down one lane of traffic for less than a day—reducing disruption for everyone.

Better restoration

Once finished, it’s almost unnoticeable.

Since the trench is so narrow, the amount of restoration required is already minimal. A unique, multicolored backfill is color-matched to the roadway, so the small area that is restored is barely noticeable.

Faster

From start to finish—in a fraction of the time.

Potholing, digging, conduit and backfill all happen simultaneously, so an entire city block can be completed in a matter of hours, rather than days.

Safer

A more precise process translates to increased safety.

Microtrenching removes much of the risk associated with underground obstructions or pre-existing utilities. And with less digging and disruption, there are fewer opportunities for workplace accidents. If needed, emergency vehicles are also able to safely drive over the trench before it’s backfilled.

Environmentally friendly


Less water, energy and noise.

Because microtrenching uses less water, less heavy equipment and happens on a faster timeline, it is significantly more environmentally friendly than alternative installation methods.

Where microtrenching is happening.

Microtrenching is an established process that is being used in cities throughout the United States. Select a city to see how microtrenching has been deployed to benefit businesses and communities.

El Paso, TX

El Paso was an early adopter of microtrenching, with our first project starting back in 2014.

Miami-Dade County, FL

Miami-Dade has continued to pave the way for new innovations with approximately 900 linear feet of new fiber in 2019.

Dallas, TX

In the city of Dallas, we’ve microtrenched 24 small cell node laterals, which translates to approximately 2,750 linear feet of fiber.

Los Angeles, CA

We're working with the City of Los Angeles to deploy 40 miles of fiber in under eight months, with more planned for the future.

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New York, NY

One of our first microtrenching projects was in New York back in 2010. Since then we’ve completed an estimated 750 small cell nodes and 220,000 linear feet of fiber.

Altoona, PA

Altoona has shown how small cities can also benefit from microtrenching. So far in 2020, we’ve completed approximately 500 linear feet of fiber.

Microtrenching by the numbers.

  • 80%

    faster than traditional methods

  • 2"

    maximum width of trench

  • 1.4M

    miles of fiber needed to support 5G by 2024

    (Fiber Broadband Association)

This public private partnership has been a win-win for the City of Los Angeles. Using creativity, technology and innovation to tackle this infrastructure challenge will result in long-term benefits for all Angelenos.

Kevin J. President of the Board of Public Works, City of Los Angeles

A commitment to innovative deployment.

Microtrenching is just one way we’ve worked with customers and over 700 municipalities over the last 25 years to deploy much needed communications infrastructure. From advanced fiber solutions to small cells, we can help you find fast, innovative ways to bring the essential connectivity you need to grow, attract businesses and be ready for tomorrow’s most transformative innovations.

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