Corning Landmark: 1 Million Km of ClearCurve Fiber

  • Corning
  • Fiber Cable
CORNING, NY – One million kilometers, or 620,000 miles, of ClearCurve optical fiber - more than enough to get to the moon and back - have now been sold, says manufacturer Corning. The company introduced ClearCurve multimode fiber in 2007 to address the issue of optical loss when fiber is bent around tight radii - a problem that had to be solved for fiber to the home to be deployed economically in multifamily housing.

More than 6 million terminations globally have now been deployed, and ClearCurve fiber has been sold to more than 90 cablers in 20 countries around the world.

“Passing 1 million kilometers sold is an exciting achievement that validates continued customer acceptance of Corning ClearCurve multimode fiber in the market,” says Barry Linchuck, division vice president and director, worldwide marketing for Corning Optical Fiber. “ClearCurve multimode fiber remains our standard 50-micron multimode product offering, providing assurance against tight bends and challenging cable installations with up to 10 times less signal loss than traditional multimode fibers.”

Though ClearCurve was not the first reduced-bend-optimized fiber on the market, it was recognized as a breakthrough because earlier products all had serious drawbacks. ClearCurve was the first laser-optimized, high-bandwidth, fully standards-compliant, multimode fiber to withstand tight bends down to 7.5 mm radius with substantially less signal loss than traditional multimode fibers. It is compatible with the installed base of 50-micron multimode fiber and it meets or exceeds the ISO/IEC 11801 OM2, OM3, and OM4 product standards for high-bandwidth, laser-optimized, multimode fiber. Superior bend performance enables efficient optical cable routing and installation and also provides spare operating margin.

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