Optical fiber manufacturer and provider Sterlite Tech [BSE: 532374, NSE: STRTECH] used the ANGA COM 2018 conference and exhibition in Cologne, Germany to globally introduce an array of 5G-enabling fronthaul and fiber to the home (FTTH) network technologies. The company unveiled the Airblown Micro cable, Micro cable-4mm, Micro Bullet Series cable, and the Riser cable.
The Airblown Micro cable, Micro cable-4mm, and Micro Bullet Series cable leverage new and existing duct systems to accommodate more fibers in a subduct network. As a result, operators can achieve high-density fiber counts within cabling already present to provide a dedicated optical fiber in a dependable, flexible, and upgradeable manner. Operators can also meet 5G network and FTTx needs with minimized deployment time with this technology, Sterlite Tech attests.
Supporting installation in micro trenches along pavements and roads, the Airblown 2.6-mm 24-fiber Micro cable uses 200-micron fiber technology to advance air blown installation for fiber to the drop point for deployments in high-traffic areas and metro applications. The cable is designed to provide optimal balance between firmness and flexibility and can fit into 5/3.5mm ducts and reach longer blowing distances than other blown cables on the market, the company maintains.
The 24-fiber (4 x 6 fiber) Micro cable-4mm is the smallest multi-tube micro cable with easy drop and mid-span access in the industry, attests Sterlite Tech. It is intended for air blown installation use for FTTx feeder and drop and can be used for existing and new duct systems. The cable uses compressed air in pre-installed micro ducts to accommodate more fibers in a given subduct and can be blown up to 2 km.
The 288-fiber Micro Bullet Series cable is designed to re-engineer tube material for maximum cable packing efficiency, reducing the cable weight and size by about 10% for installations that are as much as 50% faster installation in a 14/18-mm subduct. According to Sterlite Tech, it is also the smallest 288-fiber (24 x 12 fiber) micro cable with standard 12 fibers per loose tube available on the market.
The Riser cableis technology for FTTH in buildings or a vertical run shaft, meeting industry CPR fire performance standards with classification B2ca-s1, d1. The cable delivers straightforward deployment for riser applications in multi-story buildings, enabling set fibers to be broken out at floor level while eliminating the need to access the entire cable.
The Sterlite Tech fiber-optic cables feature decreased sheath thickness and smaller loose tubes, and can be transported, managed, and installed efficiently, reducing deployment times. Sterlite Tech says the cables follow ITU-T recommendations and the latest industry standards and regulations, and come in different sizes for various applications to offer increased flexibility and control within end blowing and mid blowing scenarios for extended lengths.
With customers in over100 countries and a digital web-scale offering across products, services, and software, Sterlite Technologies designs, builds, and manages smart digital networks. The company has manufacturing facilities in India, China, and Brazil, as well as two software delivery centers in India.
Sterlite Tech says its projects include an intrusion-proof smart data network for the Armed Forces, and Smart Cities' development. The company has also worked on high-speed FTTH network foundation, along with rural broadband for BharatNet, a Government of India project underway to deliver high-speed broadband connectivity to 250,000 gram panchayats nationwide (see "Tejas Networks installs GPON equipment for BharatNet Phase-1 project").
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