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Joseph Lange of Dura-Line
City authorities are going to benefit from higher-density products to carry fibre networks in future – particularly with developments such as the 5G roll-out. “We don’t know how much fibre we are going to need going forward but we know we are going to need more,” says Joseph Lange, Dura-Line business development manager – microtechnology, US. The company’s products are used by a number of utilities departments. For example, in one recent deployment, the City of Augusta used Dura-Line’s FuturePath Flex Locatable 4-Way with 18/14mm MicroDuct to hold the 96-count fibre. “We’re the no-name vendor that nobody knows,” Lange laughs. “We’re the tyres on the car – we’re what makes it go. Not the fancy buttons that make the windows go down.” As he points out, even wireless technologies require cabling. “You still need us,” he says.
The company began in the early 1970s “with big, empty holes in the ground” and began developing microtechnology in the late 1980s “to make more use of that same conduit”.
“We’ve been growing with the industry since 1972,” he concludes. “What continues to happen is that our microtechnology products continue to evolve because there is more and more need for fibre.”