OFS Expands Fiber Optic Network Product Lines

  • OFS
SAN ANTONIO, TX — OFS, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of fiber optic network products, made two new product announcements: the SlimBox Underground Terminal used to connect distribution cables in the outside plant network to drop cables in FTTx networks and AccuRiser Indoor/Outdoor Ribbon Cable designed to offer high-fiber density and speed of deployment in the backbone of data center and central office networks.

SlimBox Underground Terminal
The SlimBox Underground Terminal enables quick and easy connections through drop cables with fusion splicing, splice on connectors, or mechanical connectors. It has one area for storage and splicing, and a separate area for the management and activation of subscribers. The mechanical sealing system supports round drop cables, making the terminal well suited for both underground and aerial applications.

“Service providers currently are faced with installing FTTx solutions that sometimes have an almost even split of both buried and aerial applications,” said Anurag Jain, FTTH solutions manager. “Service providers therefore want to increase revenue but at the same time reduce their costs without stranding inventory and by connecting their customers faster in these installations."

  • The SlimBox Underground Terminal is purposefully designed to meet these needs by integrating optical cable drop connections, splitters, and splicing, all within a single platform. “The SlimBox Underground Terminal enables fast and easy connections, which can be configured to support a variety of needs,” said Xavier Chiron, Connectivity Product Line Manager.

  • The SlimBox Underground Terminal can be configured with fusion splices (up to 4 splice trays, with 16 splice protectors holder each), spliced and connectorized drops (up to 2 splice trays and 1 adapter tray with up to 16 SC adapters). In addition, it can house two factory connectorized 1x8 splitters, or a single factory connectorized 1x16 splitter. It can also house unconnectorized splitters, thus providing the flexibility for an installation.

  • The terminal accepts entry cables with a maximum diameter of 17.5mm and has two branching ports. Mid-span branching of the main cable can be implemented using the oval ports, whereas the network branching can be implemented using the round ports. It is compatible with round (2 to 4mm) drop cables.

  • Lastly, the terminal has wall, pole and steel wire mounting supports for aerial applications.

AccuRiser Indoor/Outdoor Ribbon Cable

OFS also announced the availability of AccuRiser Indoor/Outdoor Ribbon Cable designed to offer high-fiber density and speed of deployment in the backbone of data center and central office networks.

Deploying fiber optic cable from the outdoors into a building interior can be time consuming and requires extensive interconnecting hardware when ordinary approaches are used. This is because the National Electric Code (NEC) (Article 770.48) requires that unlisted, outside plant (OSP) fiber optic cables be terminated within 50 feet of a building entrance. This limitation requires that a building entrance terminal be installed and the OSP cable spliced to a suitable NEC flame-rated cable. The cable is then deployed to locations inside the building as needed. Cable solutions that can eliminate the need for the entrance terminal and associated splicing can help to significantly reduce installed costs and enable faster installation.

“AccuRiser Indoor/Outdoor Cable allows cables to be terminated only as needed, helping to eliminate the costly splicing of OSP cables at the building entrance,” says Dan Hendrickson, senior product manager, Premises Cable for OFS. “This capability also frees up limited space and helps to save on time, a factor that is essential to efficient installation.”

AccuRiser Indoor/Outdoor Cable allows engineers and technicians to bypass the building entrance terminal and route the cable directly to where it is needed. The gel-free construction of the AccuRiser Cable also has the benefit of helping to reduce cable preparation time for splicing. Technicians can open and prepare an AccuRiser Cable for splicing by up to 90 minutes faster than comparable gel-filled OSP cables.

Ideally suited for Data Center Interconnect applications, the AccuRiser Cable supports campus interconnections between data center buildings while also eliminating costly splicing between OSP and indoor cables. AccuRiser Cable meets the demands of the outdoor route between buildings while providing the fire rating needs of indoor installations. The cable is designed as a high fiber count solution ranging from 288-864 fibers supporting modern data center structures. The high-fiber count capacity of AccuRiser Cable allows a single solution to be used for data centers by eliminating the need for multiple runs of smaller fiber count cables.


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