FTTH Conference 2010, February 24, 2010 -- Draka Communications, a global leader in the cabling and optical fiber industry, today announces a significant extension to its indoor solution portfolio with the addition of five new FTTH connectivity boxes for Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs). Together with Draka indoor cabling systems the new boxes fulfill requirements for an integrated solution within MDUs. These ergonomically designed Indoor cabling boxes will be showcased by Draka at the FTTH Conference 2010, 24-25 February in Lisbon.
“Our connectivity boxes are the ultimate pieces of the MDU puzzle and result from Draka focusing on Indoor solutions to reply to this critical need, “ explains Albert Grooten, Director Technology FTTH, Draka Communications. “ Currently around 60% of potential customers live in MDUs, which are forecast to be the predominant type of dwelling in the future.Our goal is not to identify a single ‘best’ solution, but to create choices that give the foundation to accurately compare solutions in order to find the best fit for each scenario”.
Part of the DrakaXS.Net Indoor solutions, this range of indoor connectivity boxes comprises a wall-mounted Modular Wall Box to connect the outside plant network with the indoor network, a wall-mounted Floor Distribution Box to splice a vertical riser cable to outgoing customer premises cables, a Customer Outlet Box for termination of the indoor network in the customer premises, a Tapping Box used for branching fibers on any floor of an MDU to feed the customer outlet box, and Draka’s wall-mounted Multi-Operator Building Distribution Box which connects the OSP network with the indoor network (see the annexe for individual descriptions of the connectivity boxes).
Introduced in 2007, Draka XS.Net, the outcome of Draka’s 20 years of expertise in cable and network building projects around the world, provides a complete passive network building resource comprising state-of-the-art miniaturised fibre optic components with network project design, planning, implementation and maintenance managed by advanced software, simulation and logistics tools. Draka XS.Net is based upon a proven econometric model which results in lower costs and control over capital and operating expenses for building passive FTTH access networks.
Draka (Euronext Amsterdam: DRAK), headquartered in Amsterdam, has 9400 employees in countries worldwide and 2009 revenues of over € 2 billion. Draka has a presence in 32 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.
Draka’s activities are divided into three groups: Energy & Infrastructure, Industry & Speciality and Communications. Draka Communications with its two business units, Telecom Solutions and Multimedia Specials, is a global market leader in the development, production and sales of fibers, cables and advanced network solutions. More information at www.draka.com/communications.
Photo: Draka’s Modular Wall Box, one of five new connectivity solutions for MDUs, connects outside plant with the indoor network. The modular design allows this product to be vertically stackable with separately lockable areas for splicing and cross-connections.
Illustration: Multi-Dwelling Units ( MDUs) constitute the final puzzle in bringing fiber into the consumers home and are a significant part of FTTH installation costs. Together with Draka indoor cabling systems the new connectivity boxes fulfill market requirements for an integrated solution for MDUs.
Draka strengthens indoor solutions with its new a range of connectivity boxes that provide MDU choice while integrating with indoor cabling systems
Draka’s Indoor Solutions extend next generation networks right into the home or office. The new boxes help construction companies keep investment and operational costs low, allowing cost effective implementation for Multi-Dwelling Apartment Blocks, both large (>10) and small (<10) including Stand alone business units or corporate skyscrapers.
Draka’s connectivity boxes provide straightforward, transparent choices tailored to building type. The five new units comprise:
Modular Wall Box (see earlier photo)
A wall-mounted Modular Wall Box (MWB) is used in buildings to connect the outside plant network with the indoor network. The MWB is ideal for use as a multi-operator solution within a shared or parallel indoor network. The modular design allows this product to be vertically stackable with separately lockable areas for splicing and cross-connections. The product is adaptable for all types of configurations with splicing, splitters, pre-connectorised cables, and patching options. Port options are compatible with the full Draka range of feeder, window-cut, riser and drop cables to complement DrakaXSNet Indoor Solutions.
Floor Distribution Box
Draka’s wall-mounted Floor Distribution Box (FDB) is used in buildings to splice a vertical riser cable to outgoing, horizontal customer premises cables. The box is designed for easy installation by the technician, and is adaptable for various types of splice trays and connectors. This product is fully integrated into Draka’s RiserNetXS Solution, and is compatible with Draka’s entire product portfolio. The floor distribution box has an anchoring device for main and drop cables and can be used as a distribution box, termination box or window cut box.
Customer Outlet Box
Draka’s Customer Outlet Box (COB) has a simple and compact design for termination of the indoor network in the customer premises. The box is designed for easy installation by a technician and is adaptable for various types of connectors. Port options are compatible with the full Draka range of drop cables to complement DrakaXSNet Indoor Solutions. The compact design fits on standard 230 V-type wall outlets and the automatic shutters (on the ports) protect against laser exposure and dust damage.
RiserNetXS Tapping Box
Draka’s re-enterable indoor closure is part of the RiserNetXS Solution. Constructed as a compact, fitted, and gas tight closure, it is used for branching fibers on any floor of an MDU to feed the customer outlet box. With interchangeable inserts for various diameters and six branching port options, the RiserNetXS Tapping Box is compatible with Draka’s full line of riser cables.
Multi–Operator Building Distribution Box
Draka’s wall-mounted Multi- Operator Building Distribution Box (MO-BDB) is used in buildings to connect the OSP network with the indoor network. The MO-BDB is ideal for use as a multi-operator solution within a shared or parallel indoor network. The ODF-style frame is universally adaptable for all types of MDU s and network configurations. The product is adaptable for all types of configurations with splicing, splitters, pre-connectorised cables, and patching options.
For more information contact:
Terry Davidson, The Communications Group, Tel: +32 2 640 92 07 or email@example.com
Edgar Aker, Draka Communications, Tel: +31 20 56 89 462 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Albert Grooten, Draka Communications, Tel: + 31 18 25 92 443 or email@example.com