Corning Introduces Two New Cables with Binderless FastAccess Technology

  • Corning Incorporated
CORNING, NY — Corning Incorporated announced two optical cabling solutions that will help address future needs of the telecommunications industry: Corning MiniXtend HD Cable and Corning MiniXtend Cable with Binderless FastAccess Technology.

As global demand for bandwidth continues to explode, smaller cables with higher optical fiber counts are needed. MiniXtend HD cable features Corning SMF-28 Ultra 200 fiber, a 200-micron fiber with a 9.2 micron nominal mode-field diameter (MFD), for seamless integration with existing networks. The high-fiber, high-density micro cable delivers up to 288 fibers in an SZ stranded loose-tube micro-cable design that is up to 60 percent smaller, up to 70 percent lighter, and totally backwards compatible with a standards compliant ITU-T Recommendation G.652 fiber base.

Easily Peeled Open Cable Jacket
With fiber being driven deeper into access networks, the number of optical cable installations and the frequency with which these cables are opened are increasing dramatically. Corning MiniXtend Cable with Binderless FastAccess Technology is an innovative SZ stranded micro cable featuring a cable jacket that is easily peeled open without sharp tools to reveal binderless buffer tubes ready for immediate use. Together, these features reduce cable access time by as much as 70 percent and significantly reduce risk of damage to buffer tubes.

“With the introduction of MiniXtend HD cable and MiniXtend Cable with Binderless FastAccess Technology, Corning helps network operators stay ahead of the cyber traffic jam,” said John Igel, vice president and general manager of Corning Optical Fiber and Cable. “MiniXtend HD cable addresses the need for smaller, high-fiber-count cables for deployment in congested duct environments, while MiniXtend Cable with Binderless FastAccess Technology delivers fast, low-risk cable access.”

Both of Corning’s newest optical cabling solutions feature Corning SMF-28 Ultra fiber, with attenuation and a macro-bending response surpassing the requirements of ITU-T G.657.A1 recommendations. In addition, the fiber’s low loss improves signal reach up to 10 percent over conventional ITU-T G.652 fiber types and increases coverage as much as 20 percent when served by a point-of-presence or central office.

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