Orange launches OptoLock-enabled, fiber-optic home installations

Orange is deploying a home networking solution that takes advantage of the OptoLock transceiver from Firecomms, a developer of high-speed Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) transceivers.

MARCH 21, 2010 -- Orange is deploying a home networking solution that takes advantage of the OptoLock transceiver from Firecomms, a developer of high-speed Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) transceivers.

A key brand of France Telecom, Orange is deploying POF as the medium of choice in the home to reduce installation times, guarantee network reliability, and enhance customer satisfaction ratings.

Orange’s OptoLock-enabled, fiber-optic kits offer a reliable home networking solution by allowing the distribution of a POF network throughout the house. The ready-to-install, fiber-optic kit enables Orange customers and installers to connect a TV or computer within a high-speed home network in minutes, minimizing the visual impact of the connection due to POF’s ultra-thin diameter.

Orange has cited technical performance, simplicity of installation, and discreet design as benefits of the fiber-optic kit.

The design of OptoLock enables the fiber to be cut and terminated to the exact required length on site, enabling consumers to quickly and easily terminate the bare optical fiber. The benefits of this simple, robust high-speed interface will be significant as high-speed services like 100 Mb IPTV are delivered into the home, says a company representative.

POF—offering ease of use, large core tolerances, and low costs—is enjoying substantial growth in home network and point-to-point interconnection. The annual worldwide POF market is projected to be worth more than $2.5 billion in 2011, according to market research by Information Gatekeepers.

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