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Drop cable

On the subscriber end, drop cables were placed to the home and connected either by splicing or installing connectors (APC to prevent reflectance problems). Drop cables could be installed aerially, underground or buried. Installing the cables through customer’s yards created a problem as it is time consuming and disruptive to the customer. Simple trenching was sometimes dropped in favor of directional boring, an expensive process. Connectors were installed either by fusion splicing on pigtails or using prepolished splice connectors.