• Microtrenching


SCI currently runs one of the largest microtrenching operations in the western United States.

The Cutting Edge

Microtrenching is a technique for placing fiber optic cables at a much lower cost per foot and a much faster speed than traditional methods. Unlike traditional installation methods, microtrenching cuts a narrow, shallower trench—deep enough to get under the upper layer of solid ground, but shallow enough not to interfere with existing utilities. Further, neighborhoods and businesses often are not built in a straight, easily-navigable line, so maneuverability has been also contributor to the popularity of microtrenching.

Trenches are typically cut between 0.5 to 2.5 inches wide and up to 16 inches deep. This allows crews to move much faster than traditional methods and with drastically less disruption to the public and existing utilities.

More and more customers are seeing the value in utilizing microtrenching for their broadband network deployments and SCI has the crews and experience necessary to perform this work at the highest level.


  • Faster deployment
  • Cheaper cost-per-foot
  • Minimal disruption to the public
  • Low risk of potential utility damage

Recent FTTH Deployments using Microtrenching:

  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Millcreek, UT
  • Holladay, UT
  • Taylorsville, UT

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