Sumitomo Electric: PureAccess - R5 Optical Fiber exceeds ITU-T G.657.B3 Recommendation

Feb. 22, 2010
FEBRUARY 22, 2010 -- Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (TOKYO:5802) (ISIN:JP3407400005) asserts that its PureAccess-R5 bending loss insensitive singlemode optical fiber is fully compliant with the new ITU-T G.657.B3 recommended standard for macrobend at a 5-mm radius.

FEBRUARY 22, 2010 -- Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (TOKYO:5802) (ISIN:JP3407400005) asserts that its PureAccess-R5 bending loss insensitive singlemode optical fiber is fully compliant with the new ITU-T G.657.B3 recommended standard for macrobend at a 5-mm radius. In fact it demonstrates lower attenuation and bending loss at the 1550- and 1625-nm wavelengths and a higher proof stress level than the requirements set forth in the G.657.B3 standard, the company says.

Sumitomo Electric says the fiber’s performance makes it suitable for efficiently routing optical drop cables and other applications inside the home and multiple dwelling units (MDUs), as well as data center applications and central office (CO) routing.

Although a 100 kpsi proof test is required in the G.657.B3 standard, Sumitomo Electric says it tested the full fiber length of PureAccess-R5 at an elevated 200 kpsi tensile stress. This proof test level demonstrates a significantly lower probability of a fiber stress fracture when deployed at 5-mm bends under bending strain, the company adds. The design of PureAccess-R5 makes it backward compatible with G.652 singlemode fibers, splicing, and connectorization practices.

"Our global leadership in the technology of fiber optics has resulted in a fiber that demonstrates both outstanding strength and bend insensitive capabilities," says Shigeki Endo, general manager for the optical fiber and cable division at Sumitomo Electric. "Having added PureAccess-R5 to Sumitomo Electric's PureAccess bend-insensitive product line is essential for the continued advancement of FTTH. Sumitomo Electric is pleased to provide our customers with a highly reliable and flexible bend insensitive fiber that facilitates overall space savings, resolves the most challenging FTTH, data center, CO, and MDU applications, and decreases deployment time and costs."

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