In today’s increasingly fast-paced, interconnected world, the need for high-speed broadband internet access and reliable wireless service is more acute than ever. The growth of fiber optic networks has allowed service providers to optimize FTTx — fiber-to-the-X, in which X can refer to various subscriber locations, including homes (H, as in FTTH) and buildings (B, as in FTTB) — with the most effective, cost-efficient connectivity and bandwidth capabilities.
Optical fiber solutions guarantee subscribers high-quality transmission of video, voice, and data while providing comprehensive end-to-end solutions for maximum return on investment (ROI). Fiber optics also allow subscribers to make use of recreational technologies such as HDTV, video on demand, and online gaming.
FTTx Solutions from OFS
OFS FTTx solutions can enable reliable triple play (video, voice and data) as well as quad play (including mobility services) to support current and next generation applications. OFS offers comprehensive end-to-end passive optical cabling systems that help service providers maximize return on investment (ROI).
At OFS, we understand customer pain points from our global experience with global service providers and solve them with innovative solutions. As a worldwide leader in fiber optics, OFS has several decades of experience designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art FTTx solutions passing and connecting millions of subscribers.
OFS, from its AT&T Bell Labs and subsequently Lucent Technologies heritage, was the first to produce and deploy a commercial fiber optic communications system, and then was first to introduce innovations used extensively today in FTTx networks including bend insensitive fiber, full spectrum fiber, ribbon cable, dry gel free cable, and the LC connector. In 2012 OFS was first to offer an invisible indoor fiber connectivity solution designed for discrete, intuitive fast installation and lower installed cost. Today, OFS continues to produce a wide range of industry-leading end to end Fiber to the X solutions, designed for intuitive fast installation, lower installed costs, in compact spaces and right of ways.
OFS outside plant (OSP) cables help speed installation using smaller, lighter designs that are easy to place and splice, and all feature OFS AllWave® ZWP fiber with lower bend loss and greater capacity than conventional SMF fibers. OFS Fiber Distribution Cabinets & Hubs feature intuitive, reliable subscriber provisioning and AllWave FLEX+ bend insensitive fiber.
To place fiber in buildings, the V-Linx™ Spool & Play Solutions reduce hardware costs and labor needs while speeding the installation process. The system uses flexible components such as the V-Linx™ Terminal to enable compact plug and play installation in the limited pathways inside buildings. A complete modular portfolio of SlimBox™ fiber terminals enables service providers to efficiently manage splitters, drop connections, and splices, for both indoor and outdoor applications.
To finally reach and connect subscribers, EZ-Bend® Optical Technology, including EZ-Bend Cables and Assemblies, and InvisiLight® Solutions, feature the world’s only commercial solid glass optical fiber bendable down to a 2.5-mm radius with practically zero loss. This innovative and patented technology provides a 500-fold improvement in bending loss over traditional approaches that use Single-Mode Fiber (SMF) type cables. The flexibility of EZ-Bend® technology-based solutions simplifies and hides installations by conforming to building corners, with no concern for bending loss or service disruptions.
In addition to a complete suite of FTTx product solutions, OFS Professional Services, offered in the United States, designs, engineers, and installs turn-key passive FTTx networks to help service providers reach subscribers faster with minimum disruption to décor or landscape.
FTTx and Fiber Optic FAQs
To provide more background on these technologies, we’ve addressed some of the most common questions we receive about FTTx and fiber optic solutions.