The Benefits of Using Composite Vaults for Fiber Builds

Robust Infrastructure 

  • In the rapidly evolving world of telecommunications, robust infrastructure is crucial to meet the growing demands for reliable, high-speed connectivity. One key component of this infrastructure is the vaults & handholes used to house and protect fiber optic cables.
  • Traditionally, vaults were made of concrete or steel, but today, composite vaults are becoming an increasingly popular choice. This blog will explore the advantages of using composite vaults for fiber buildouts and how they can contribute to the longevity and efficiency of telecom networks.

Understanding Composite Vaults

  • What are Composite Vaults?
    • Composite vaults are made from advanced materials such as fiberglass-reinforced plastics (FRP), carbon fiber composites, and other high-performance polymers.
    • These materials are engineered to combine the strength and durability of traditional materials with additional benefits that cater specifically to the needs of modern telecommunications infrastructure.
  • Why Composite Vaults?
    • Compared to traditional concrete or steel vaults, composite vaults offer several key advantages, which we will explore in detail.

Advantages of Composite Vaults

  1. Modular Design with Knockdown Delivery & On-Site Set Up
    • Composite vaults often feature a modular design that not only simplifies transportation but also makes on-site setup more efficient.
    • This knockdown delivery system allows the components to be shipped flat and assembled on-site, reducing logistics costs and enabling quicker deployment.
  2. Strong but Light Composite Material Construction
    • One of the most significant benefits of composite vaults is their lightweight yet strong construction. This makes them easier and faster to install, reducing labor costs and time.
    • Despite their lighter weight, composite vaults offer exceptional strength, making them highly durable and reliable.
  3. Cost Saving Modular Design
    • The modular nature of composite vaults also translates into significant cost savings. Modular designs allow for scalability and flexibility in vault installations.
    • These vaults can be easily expanded or reconfigured to meet changing network demands, avoiding the need for costly and time-consuming replacements or rebuilds.
  4. Flexibility to Drill Duct Access; Duct Entry Provided
    • Composite vaults offer the flexibility to drill duct access points as needed, ensuring that they can be tailored to specific project requirements.
    • Pre-designed duct entry points are also provided, simplifying installation and enhancing the overall efficiency of the buildout process.
  5. Durability and Resistance of Entire Construction up to SCTE-77 Tier 22
    • Composite vaults are built to meet stringent standards for durability and resistance, including compliance with SCTE-77 Tier 22, which addresses performance criteria under various load conditions.
    • This high level of durability ensures that the vaults can withstand environmental stresses such as heavy traffic loads, mechanical impacts, and harsh weather conditions over longer periods of time.

Applications in Fiber Builds

  • Urban Fiber Deployments
    • In densely populated urban areas, composite vaults can be installed in sidewalks, roads, and other public spaces with minimal disruption due to their lightweight and modular properties.
  • Rural and Remote Installations
    • In rural or remote areas where transportation of heavy concrete or steel vaults would be challenging and costly, composite vaults provide a practical and efficient solution. Their modular design allows for easy transport and setup in hard-to-reach locations.
  • Harsh Environments
    • Composite vaults are ideal for use in environments with extreme conditions, such as coastal areas, industrial zones, and regions with severe temperature variations. Their resistance to corrosion and chemicals ensures long-lasting performance.

Customer Solutions Driven

  • At CEA we are a customer solutions driven company. We work hard to get our customers what they need and solve their unique challenges. Our vaults can be customized and come in multiple sizes.
  • Composite vaults represent a significant advancement in fiber optic network infrastructure. Their combination of lightweight construction, durability, modular design, and flexibility to drill duct access points make them an excellent choice for modern fiber buildouts.
  • As the demand for reliable, high-speed connectivity continues to grow, leveraging the benefits of composite vaults can help telecom providers build resilient, efficient, and future-proof networks.

Planning a Fiber Build Out?

Consider the advantages of composite vaults for your project. Reach out to us for more information or to learn about our range of composite vault solutions tailored to meet your specific needs.