OFS Introduces AllWave®+ Fiber Bend Optimized for FTTx, Metropolitan, and Backhaul Networks

February 19, 2014


FTTH Europe, Stand S23, Stockholm, Sweden, 19. February 2014 - OFS, a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative fibre optic network products, has introduced AllWave®+ Zero Water Peak (ZWP) Single-Mode Optical fibre, a full-spectrum fibre that can bend to the demands of FTTx, Metro, and Backhaul networks.

AllWave+ fibre offers the same exceptional performance and specifications as OFS’ award winning AllWave fibre, with added features including a 40% smaller bend radius, 50% lower bend loss, and 33% improved polarization mode dispersion (PMD), whilst maintaining a 9.2 micron nominal mode field diameter to minimize splice loss to existing single-mode fibres.

AllWave+ fibre is a combination ITU-T G.652.D and G.657.A1 compliant fibre that can prevent network disruptions from inadvertent fibre bending that can occur in closures or terminals, and enables smaller cable packaging to help ease cable handling and lower cable installation costs. With full spectrum performance, lower bending loss, and complete compatibility with the embedded single-mode fibre base, AllWave+ fibre enables cost-effective solutions to help maximize return on investment.
“Service Providers are deploying more applications such as FTTx, FTTH, mobile backhaul, and metro CWDM, operating at longer bend sensitive wavelengths between 1490 to 1625nm to meet higher bandwidth demands and grow revenues. As bending sensitivity increases, AllWave+ fibre increases reliability by helping to prevent bend induced service outages, and enabling faster, more compact installations by helping to further shrink Micro-cables and enclosures,” said Peter Spehr, Executive Director Sales & Marketing EMEA Cable & Connectivity for OFS . “In addition, with excellent geometrical properties and a mode field matched to AllWave fibre, AllWave+ fibre enables consistently low loss splices for our customers when matched either to itself, AllWave fibre, or other quality G.652.D fibres. This helps eliminate splice remakes in the field, and speeds network testing,” added Spehr.

AllWave+ fibre retains all the performance benefits of OFS’ AllWave ZWP fibre, the first fibre to eliminate the water peak defect found in conventional single-mode fibre. AllWave+ fibre has stable and permanent low loss, due to OFS’ patented ZWP fibre manufacturing process, which eliminates hydrogen-aging defects. Taking it even further, this new fibre’s ultra-low fibre Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) enables speed and distance upgrades.

About OFS

OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fibre, optical fibre cable, connectivity, FTTx and specialty photonics solutions. Our marketing, sales, manufacturing and research teams provide forward-looking, innovative products and solutions in areas including Telecommunications, Medicine, Industrial Automation, Sensing, Government, Aerospace and Defense applications. We provide reliable, cost effective optical solutions to enable our customers to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s digital and energy consumers and businesses.

OFS’ corporate lineage dates back to 1876 and includes technology powerhouses such as AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Today, OFS is owned by Furukawa Electric, a multi-billion dollar global leader in optical communications.

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