AUGUST 28, 2007 -- Wire and cable manufacturer Superior Essex Inc. (search for Superior Essex) today announced that its Dri-Lite all-dry, ribbon fiber cable product line has been qualified by Telcordia Technologies (search for Telcordia Technologies) to meet the fiber-optic cable requirements of industry standard GR-20. Telcordia Technologies is an independent testing and consulting company for the communications industry and has previously qualified the gel-filled fiber cable product portfolio of Superior Essex. Dri-Lite cable products also have been tested to comply with Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP) specification 1753F-601 (PE-90) for fiber-optic cables.
The Dri-Lite product line makes use of Superior Essex proprietary technology to achieve its water-blocking characteristic without the use of gel filling compounds, explain company representatives. All-dry designs for fiber cable are preferred by some customers because of the absence of water-blocking gels, which require cleanup and add time to the cable installation process.
Superior Essex currently offers Dri-Lite cables in armored and all-dielectric designs for fiber counts up to 216. Additional cable sizes are expected to receive qualification status later this year, says the company.
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