Category Archives: FTTX

Let the Ribbon Cables Roll…

Meet two new, totally gel-free fiber optic cables from OFS that feature the company’s exciting new rollable ribbon technology. Using cables with this ribbon design, users can literally double the fiber density in an existing duct.

First, the new AccuTube®+ Rollable Ribbon (RR) Fiber Optic Cable was specifically created to maximize duct utilization for ultra-high fiber count applications.

Available with 1728 and 3456 fibers in a single cable, the AccuTube+ RR Cable offers exceptional carrying capacity, highly efficient and cost-effective mass fusion splicing, and easy individual fiber breakout. This cable is an ideal choice for connecting data centers and serving as distribution for dense Fiber-to-the-Subscriber (FTTx) or mobile networks.

Next, available in 144 and 288 fiber counts, the new AccuRiser™ Rollable Ribbon (RR) Fiber Optic Cable offers the triple benefits of mass fusion splicing, compact size, and excellent flexibility for tough, indoor routing applications. Every element of this new cable was designed to offer high fiber density while helping to speed installation during a new data center or central office deployment.

As mentioned earlier, both of these cables feature rollable ribbon technology, the newest optical fiber ribbon design from OFS. To form these ribbons, twelve 250 micron fibers are partially bonded to each other at intermittent points to create a very flexible ribbon. This design allows the ribbons to be rolled into very tight bundles and routed similarly to individual fibers to facilitate use in smaller closures and splice trays. These “rolled” fibers can also be unrolled into a ribbon that can be spliced with traditional flat ribbon machines and procedures.

Cables with rollable ribbons enable mass fusion splicing by making individual fiber breakout easier than cables with flat ribbons. In addition, rollable ribbon cables allow users to literally double the fiber density in an existing duct. For example, the AccuTube+ RR Cable with 1728  and 3456 fibers can be installed in common 1 ¼ and 2 inch ducts, respectively.

As fiber counts rise, but duct space and cable storage are at a premium, these smaller and more flexible cables can be excellent alternatives to more traditional cable technologies.

To learn more about OFS rollable ribbon technology and these new cable designs, please visit the following links: RR Brochure, AccuTube+ RR Cable, and AccuRiser RR Cable.

 

Not Seeing is Believing

OFS introduced the latest addition to its InvisiLight® Solutions family at the Fiber Connect Conference recently held in Orlando, FL.

Specifically designed for fiber-to-the-subscriber (FTTx) deployment to low-rise buildings or garden-style dwelling units, the InvisiLight Facade Solution uses an innovative and virtually invisible approach to place fiber on and into buildings.

In this way, the new solution solves the old consumer “pain point” of visible cabling or raceways on the exterior of buildings.

To learn more about the InvisiLight Façade Solution, go HERE.

Let’s Connect!

Attending the 2017 Fiber Connect Conference in Orlando? If not, you’ll miss out on programs from Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) thought leaders and industry experts along with the newest products and solutions.

During the conference presented by the Fiber Broadband Association, OFS technical experts will headline a highly-rated educational session on “FTTH Basics and Network Design” and an MDU panel on “Opportunities and Solutions.” We’ll also display our latest, innovative solutions that help service providers achieve maximum performance and reliability for deployments while helping to increase return on investments.

It’s not too late to join more than 1,300 other FTTH professionals in Orlando on June 12-14, 2017.  For additional information on the OFS sessions, go HERE. To learn more about Fiber Connect and the Fiber Broadband Association, click HERE.

Fiber to the Home Accelerates Local Economies

A new study by RVA, LLC for the Fiber Broadband Association links widely available fiber-to-the-home service to more jobs, a better economy and new business formation. In fact, the report shows that fiber is accelerating the connected economy throughout the U.S.  To learn more, GO HERE.

As the only all-fiber trade association in the Americas, the Fiber Broadband Association provides advocacy, education and resources to companies, organizations and communities who want to deploy the best networks through fiber to the home, fiber to the business and fiber everywhere.

How Much Fiber Will Be Enough?

As more devices are connected and new applications developed, the amount of information carried on the Internet continues to grow. In fact, the Cisco Visual Networking Index shows global IP traffic increasing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 25 percent per year. With optical fiber as the only transmission medium capable of supporting this explosive growth, service providers are beginning to wonder “how much fiber will be enough?”

In a new Cabling Installation & Maintenance article, Dave Mazzarese of OFS considers the impact of increased bandwidth on all segments of the fiber network and takes a look at new methods and technologies to help meet the increasing demand.

To learn more, please go HERE.

Fiber to the People

New study results released by the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council found that fast and reliable fiber broadband increases both rental and property values in multiple dwelling units (MDUs). According to this survey, the availability of broadband service increases rental values by 8 percent and property values in MDUs by 2.8 percent.

The study by RVA Market Research & Consulting estimates that fiber can add 11 percent to net income for MDU owners and operators per average dwelling unit. In the results, MDU residents also rated fast and reliable broadband as the single most important amenity.

To learn more and read/download the full study, please go HERE.

 

Fiber Here, Fiber There, Fiber Everywhere

Service providers face unique challenges deploying fiber inside the home to reach Indoor Optical Network Terminals (ONTs).  These customers need products that offer fast and easy fiber installation that blends into the existing décor.

To help meet this need, OFS is launching three new, compact Fiber in the Home products:  the InvisiLight® Drop Solution, the SlimBox™ Wall Plate and the InvisiLight® 80×80 (mm) Adapter Module.  To learn more about how these products can help make in-living-unit fiber installation faster, more efficient and flexible, please use the following links:

Press Release

InvisiLight Drop Solution

SlimBox Wall Plate

InvisiLight 80 x 80 Adapter Module

Gimme Fiber!

On November 4, the FTTH Councils will celebrate “Gimme Fiber” Day. This annual event showcases the positive impact that optical fiber has had on communities around the world, and what global policymakers can do to help advance the expansion of fiber optic networks.

To help commemorate “Gimme Fiber” Day, the FTTH Councils will sponsor a series of activities including hosting an event in a city that has deployed a fiber network. This event will highlight the many benefits of that particular network and also the role that fiber deployment has made in bringing countless communities into the 21st century.

If your city is interested in hosting the 2016 “Gimme Fiber” Day, you can learn more about this event and download an application by CLICKING HERE. The deadline for application submission is May 15, and the winning venue will be announced at the FTTH Connect in Nashville on June 13-15.