The “Installation-Distancing” Network Solution

As the COVID Pandemic lingers, how to continue with “business as usual” becomes more and more challenging.  When it comes to installing fiber optic networks, whether new installs or making changes to existing networks pause is needed to consider how to do so safely.


Sumitomo Electric’s Air Blown Fiber (ABF) Solution, while having been around for decades, was designed for such a time as this.


The ABF solution offers a number of advantages for all stages of network installations and changes.  Three of those advantages; minimal installers needed, quick installations and no disruption to active work environment are exactly the type of advantages that make it an ideal and safe choice for todays network builds.

Solution Features:

  • Install fiber with only two installers sufficiently distanced as opposed to conventional installations that use 4 or more people close together
  • No disruption to active working area
  • Minimal intrusion of installation contractors
  • Fast installations in minutes vs conventional taking hours or days
  • No noticeable construction debris/messes to contend with in an already pandemic challenged environment
  • Complete your installations quickly, cleanly, without disruption & most important safely!

3 Components for Deployment

Indoor Plenum Rated Tube Cable

1. Tube Pathway

2. Fiber Bundle

3. Installation Equipment

About the FutureFLEX Air-Blown Fiber Solution

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave’s FutureFLEX® Air-Blown Fiber® offers unprecedented ease of installation, flexibility, and cost savings for current and future network requirements. As the first to introduce the air blown fiber technology in North America, the FutureFLEX® solution offers competitive features and benefits to make it compatible with any network infrastructure design.


The revolutionary technology and design of the FutureFLEX® Air-Blown Fiber® solution provides immediate scalability with installations of exact fiber types and counts required in real time. Conduct fast and easy installs, upgrades, and MACs in minutes or hours versus weeks or months associated with traditional cabling.