ECOC2009, Vienna , September 21, -- Draka Communications, a global leader in the optical fiber industry has announcedthat the company’s flagship bend-insensitive BendBright-XS fiber is now approaching a record million kilometer production mark. This extraordinary growth underlines the remarkable achievement of a bend-insensitive fiber that not only meets the most stringent G.657B standards but is also 100% compliant with G.652.D.
BendBright-XS complies fully to G.652D as the only fully regular single-mode fiber with no material or specification compromises and 100x better bending behavior. This has resulted in more reliable, user-friendly, compact cable designs in every part of an access network.
“ This new production milestone reinforces Draka’s position as an innovator and undisputed leader in the bend-insensitive marketplace. “ says Alain Bertaina, Marketing Manager, Fiber products Draka Communications.”FTTH applications are posing new challenges such as bending loss performance, which are comfortably accommodated by BendBright-XS. This growth success is explained by the fact that BendBright-XS is now broadly adopted in indoor applications as well as being increasingly deployed in outside plant cabling."
Worldwide, demand is driven by large scale deployments of FTTH access networks by major telecommunications providers and new entrants that include competitive carriers, local telephone companies, municipalities and utility companies.With access networks extending all the way to single family homes and multi-dwelling units, the need has emerged for a robust, easy to install optical fiber that can endure the rigors of traditional copper cable installations.BendBright-XS replies to these demands with its patented design that eliminates technical complications due to splicing and connectivity, unlike, other bend-insensitive fibers on the market.
Green FTTH networks
Optical access is expected to be large contributor towards a greener world (source: PWC life cycle analysis of FTTH council). Draka’s bend-insensitive fiber is proving to be a significant contributor in facilitating optical network rollouts, reducing energy consumption, material consumption and civil works, some of the main factors which add to the environmental burden of deploying an FTTH network.
Draka (Euronext Amsterdam: DRAK), headquartered in Amsterdam, has around 9000 employees in countries worldwide and a 2008 annual turnover of € 2.7 billion. Draka has 68 subsidiaries in 30 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Draka’s activities are divided into three groups: Energy & Infrastructure, Industry & Specialty and Communications. Draka Communications with its two business units, Telecom Solutions and Multimedia Specials, is a global market leader for the development, production and sales of fibers, cables and advanced network solutions. More information at www.draka.com.
Photo: company’s flagship bend-insensitive BendBright-XS fiber is now approaching a record million kilometer production mark