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Safety seal company launches splice box product for superfast broadband revolution

Author : J GALE

07 March 2011

Bury based Swedish owned manufacturer Roxtec is launching “the most advanced splice box product on the market” to telecoms firms leading Britain’s £830m broadband revolution.

Roxtec’s UK managing director Graham O’Hare said the product is perfectly placed to support the roll out which is seeing thousands of miles of copper telephone line replaced with a fibre optic system. The scheme aims to supercharge internet speeds to 50Mbps making it the fastest in Europe, expanding the reach of Britain's broadband infrastructure to almost every house in the country by 2015.

Mr O’Hare said Roxtec has ploughed its expertise in cable safety to develop a splice box which can keep cables continuously live by protecting them from a range of hazards and weather conditions.

“Splice boxes are a new area for Roxtec,” he said. “However, with our cable and pipe seal know-how we have been able to develop a splice box which can protect the optic fibre cables from a range of hazards including gas and water. A water leak in an underground splice box, which can contain nearly 200 fibre points, could potentially wreak havoc. And many of these splice boxes can be under water for many months. We think we have developed the most advanced performing splice box on the market to support the unleashing of superfast broadband across the UK.”

Mr O’Hare said the seals in the ports of the lid prevent gas, water or humidity from the entering the box. The splice box has certified water and gas tightness, cold sealing technology. A key selling point is the splice box’s adaptability which makes it easy to install and design. Its Roxtec Multidiameter™ design enables it to adapt to cables of different sizes based on rubber bodies with removable layers.

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