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From Copper to Cash: Recycling Legacy Infrastructure for Profitable Sustainability

An innovative undertaking fueled by the strategic alliance between Extracta Group, LLC and Mercury Access Group, LLC will revolutionize the migration from copper-based legacy networks to new generation platforms. 

The Case for Copper Decommissioning

With businesses and consumers worldwide demanding symmetric and seamless data streams via fiber, copper-based distribution plants that are several decades old not only cannot support high-capacity broadband services, but block critical raceway systems. Concurrently, maintenance costs caused by ever-growing outages, scarcity of spare parts, dwindling copper knowledge in the organizations, and vandalism tied to the value of copper are making copper obsolete. There is a compelling operations improvement and economic case for corporations to finally retire old copper cables.

Extracta has an advanced process to remove abandoned, underutilized, and oversized copper cables occupying thousands of miles of underground conduits, aerial telecom spaces, and costly real estate used in legacy exchange centers. The synergy between the intellectual property and end-to-end processes perfected and performed by Extracta, and Mercury Access’ operations leadership, thorough knowledge, and access in the TMT (Telecom, Media, and Technology) industry, is a unique combination.  

Extracta goes beyond pure salvage, and provides Turn-Key copper retirement program that pays for itself

With Extracta’s experience in monetizing copper assets at market prices, their clients immediately recover a source of funds from a “hidden asset,” which has significantly increased in value over the last year by nearly 20%. Secondarily, this  provides valuable real estate on existing poles or emptied conduits. Replacing obsolete copper cables with robust state-of-the-art fiber cables will “leap-frog” Extracta’s clients into a new form of competitive advantage.  

This is a win/win that doesn’t come around that often. The Mercury team is highly motivated to partner with Extracta to execute on its mission to accelerate growth. We view this strategic alliance as a massive opportunity to be one of the first movers to provide telecom companies across the U.S. and abroad with an operational solution that pays for itself. There is so much stranded copper deployed in the ground and on poles over the last 100 years, blocking access for new fiber deployments, that this is now becoming a major focus for telecom operators of all sizes. We are just in the beginning of a huge undertaking by the industry, and we are excited to be part of the solution.” – Peter D. Aquino, Founding Partner of Mercury Access Group

For more information about Extracta and Mercury Access projects and expertise, visit www.extractagroup.com and www.mercuryaccess.com.

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