Spring 2018 Optical Connections Magazine




T he development of low-loss optical fibre in 1970 was a turning point for enabling greater eectiveness in fibre technology and ultimately changed the way that we create, share, and consume information. From the introduction of that first low-loss product, Corning has continued to innovate, developing and manufacturing more than 30 new fibre types, including applications for submarine, long haul, fibre-to-the- home, local area network, consumer, and in-building applications. One key innovation has been ClearCurve VSDN fibre, which supports emerging high-speed connections between devices. This product is designed for consumer environments, where products can be bent or pinched, without losing quality, speed, or connectivity. This sort of technology will be crucial as the need for data continues to increase.

Key developments in optical fibre design and manufacture over the past 50 years are reviewed by Juan Manuel Perez Cortijo, EMEA Marketing Director, Corning Optical Communications.

next step is to introduce ever-smaller, lightweight products to allow customers to maximise space and eectiveness in their home or business premises. Corning is achieving this with its EDGE solutions, MiniXtend cables, and Centrix systems. Corning recently delivered its billionth kilometre of optical fibre to the marketplace, and says it is excited to look forward to making and supplying the next billion kilometres. This is definitely a competitive space, but with around three billion kilometres of optical fibre deployed around the globe, Corning believes it is in a strong position. The challenge for the company is to make sure we continue to develop, evolve, and deliver products that continue to provide solutions for our customers. SPECIALIST FIBRES From the desktop to the ocean, Corning oers a full range of optical fibre solutions to address virtually every installation need or requirement. Vascade optical fibre has been integral to the amplification of the specialty fibre rollout, providing high performance and reliability required in all undersea networks, up to transoceanic distances, enabling high-speed and high-capacity submarine solutions. Vascade fibres all share the fundamental characteristics of superior mechanical reliability and high optical performance.

OptiTap connector and ClearCurve fibre are two examples of Corning’s leadership in this regard. These versatile products can be easily deployed in a variety of ways as the requirement has spread to almost every home across developed regions. Nowadays with greater emphasis on environmental concerns and the “green” aspects of technical product, there is more consideration for the chemistry of fibre construction. As a solution, optical fibre is inherently environmentally friendly, requiring less energy for powering and cooling than copper systems, while also reducing the total cost of ownership through longer bandwidth lifecycles. They are future- ready too, and will support high-bandwidth applications for the long-term.

FTTH DEPLOYMENTS Bend-insensitive fibre has

made a huge impact on fibre deployment, particularly in challenging

Optical fibre has virtually unlimited

bandwidth potential. A network installed today can support future applications without having to replace the infrastructure. The

environments such as FTTH networks. Having robust, consumer- friendly connectors has

also become ever more important in the development of fibre products. The likes of Corning’s

Corning’s ClearCurve VSDN fibre suits tough environments, where products can be bent or pinched without losing signal quality.


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