FEBRUARY 27, 2009 -- Draka Communications (search Lightwave for Draka) and New Hope Telephone Cooperative (NHTC) have jointly announced the completion of the first phase of NHTC's FTTH network using 100% bend-insensitive fiber.
NHTC is currently deploying Draka's BendBright-XS bend-insensitive fiber in all cables, from two-fiber drop cables to 864-fiber ribbon feeder cables. The first phase of the NHTC network in northern Alabama, which began in February 2008, contains over 30,000 km of bend-insensitive fiber.
NHTC, headquartered outside Huntsville, AL, serves the townships of New Hope, Grant, and Owens Cross Roads. "We are committed to providing our customers with the best services delivered and supported by the latest proven technologies. Having bend-insensitive fiber throughout the network increases efficiency in installation and enhances the longevity and reliability of the network," commented Tom Wing, general manager of NHTC. "We expect to use Draka's BendBright-XS family of cables across our entire network going forward."
Draka's BendBright was first introduced in 2002 and became standard in all Draka drop cables in 2005. Draka released BendBright-XS, its second-generation bend-insensitive fiber, in 2006.
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