CableRunner™ North America launches pilot project to build San Francisco's first city-owned fiber-in-the-sewer infrastructure

CableRunner North America, LLC, a public/private business venture part owned and operated by the City of Vienna, Austria, Water and Sewer Department (CableRunner Europe, a.k.a. WKA), a fiber optic infrastructure provider, announced that the company has agreed to provide the City and County of San Francisco with up to two miles of fiber optic connectivity using its innovative Flexible technology as a pilot project to demonstrate the success of the CableRunner technology.


Boca Raton, FL, June 3, 2003 -- CableRunner North America, LLC, a public/private business venture part owned and operated by the City of Vienna, Austria, Water and Sewer Department (CableRunner Europe, a.k.a. WKA), a fiber optic infrastructure provider, announced that the company has agreed to provide the City and County of San Francisco with up to two miles of fiber optic connectivity using its innovative Flexible technology as a pilot project to demonstrate the success of the CableRunner technology.

The pilot project will commence in June 2003 and will enable the Department of Telecommunications and Information Services to connect additional city facilities to E-Net, the city-owned public-safety fiber optic network that links city government buildings. The City used conventional methods and conduit in the rights of way to deploy the first phase of E-Net. CableRunner proposed a solution that allowed the City to connect buildings more difficult to reach.

"San Francisco has always been a technology leader," said Mayor Willie Brown. "This pilot project with CableRunner and the City of Vienna is a great opportunity for us to continue as one of the most wired cities in the nation."

Denise Brady, DTIS Deputy Director commented on the project. "San Francisco is pleased to make city property available to test this new technology as we demonstrate our commitment to the deployment of broadband services. We hope to encourage technology service providers to expand the service available to our citizens."

The pilot project will fully demonstrate CableRunner's Flexible system and FiberCop™ robotics capabilities. Fifty percent of the pilot project will be performed in man-accessible sewer pipes using CableRunner's two-man crew mounting vehicle. The remaining fifty percent will be performed in non-man accessible sewer pipes ranging from 12 to 24 inches in diameter using CableRunner's patented FiberCop robotics that navigates pipes and performs "all-at-once" infrastructure installation. The pilot project includes the installation of four hand-holes, placement of building lateral connections through sewer clean-outs, placement of CableRunner Flexible profiles, Microducts™, blowing tubes, and up to two miles of two-strand bundled fiber. Each Microduct houses up to 19 Individual Fiber Tubes™ (IFTs™) - the heart of CableRunner's Flexible system. Each IFT works as an independent fiber conduit allowing extremely fast, flexible, and secure connectivity.

"This pilot project demonstrates the importance of public and private partnerships," states Claudia Nettig, President and CEO of CableRunner North America and Official North American Representative of The City of Vienna, Austria. "It is a merging of technologies that advances network security objectives."

Ease of installation, expedited connectivity and advanced technology are hallmarks of CableRunner's Flexible system and FiberCop robotics. The resulting fiber infrastructure is easily scalable, upgradeable, interchangeable, integrates existing provider fiber infrastructures and works with common fiber optic cable and/or micro cable for backbone, modular cable system for access, and any kind of fiber regardless of manufacturer.

The San Francisco pilot project comes on the heels of recent CableRunner installations including the completion of 400 km of backbone/access in Vienna, Austria, 25 km of backbone in Zagreb, Croatia, and 8 km added onto 30 km for backbone/redundancy in Salzburg, Austria.

About CableRunner North America, LLC:

CableRunner North America, LLC is part owned and operated by the City of Vienna, Austria, Water and Sewer Department. CableRunner is dedicated to product innovation, education and offers unique solutions for deploying fiber optic cable in existing city infrastructures in congested metropolitan areas. The company has partnerships with leading international companies to develop customized solutions. CableRunner products and services have been used safely and successfully worldwide. See www.cablerunnerusa.com.


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