Sticklers™ Fibre Optic Cleaners Approved by Openreach

Created September 17, 2019
News and Business

MicroCare Corporation recently announced that the Sticklers™ fibre optic cleaners have been approved for use by Openreach Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group. Openreach maintains the telephone and fibre cables that connect nearly all the homes and businesses in the United Kingdom to the national telephone and broadband network.

Openreach field telecommunications engineers will use Sticklers Fibre Optic Cleaners as part of their multi-billion pound “Fibre First” programme to install and maintain the physical high-speed fibre broadband network throughout the UK using FTTP (fibre to the premises) technology. The Openreach target is to connect four million premises by March of 2021.

Helping the telecommunications engineers in the field to get the job done is a unique portable Sticklers field cleaning kit. The kit includes the non-flammable, Travel-Safe™ Sticklers Fibre Optic Splice & Connector Cleaner Cleaning Fluid, Sticklers Clean Wipes Optical Grade Wipes, Sticklers CleanClicker™ Fibre Optic Connector Cleaners and Sticklers CleanStixx™ Connector Cleaning Sticks.

“The cleaning kit contains everything field engineers require to clean fibre optic connectors and splices quickly and effectively in the field,” said Liam Taylor, MicroCare European Business Manager, Fibre Optics. “The tools and cleaning fluids help provide Openreach engineers complete reassurance when cleaning fibre optics.”

In addition to the kits, the Sticklers team provided Openreach with a series of instructional “how-to” videos to help their field telecommunications engineers become familiar with the Sticklers fibre optic cleaners. The videos provide helpful tips and best practice recommendations for connector cleaning and fusion splicing preparation. It includes all the information engineers need to achieve perfectly clean splices and connectors.

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.