2008 FTTH Council Europe Showcase

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The second-generation compact CWDM Mux and Demux (multiplexer/demuliplexer) module features not only the smallest footprint for a CWDM product, but also the lowest insertion loss—as low as 1 dB for an eight-channel module. The ultracompact module has simplified fibre routing that allows all fibre to come from the same side of the device. In addition, the free space optical layout in this design ensures a rugged product with high performance across the extended temperature ranges required in today’s deployments.
Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc.
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The EAR Series multiport erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA) is a reliable and cost-effective FTTX 1,550-nm amplification offering for RF video overlay. EAR Series EDFAs feature per-port output powers of +20 dBm and higher and integrated CWDMs to route 1,310-nm and 1,490-nm data streams from the optical line terminal (OLT) to the optical network unit (ONU) through the EDFA itself. The amplifiers improve optical performance and increase system reliability by eliminating the need for WDM cassettes and shelves.
IPG Photonics Corp.

According to the company, its DWDM multiplexer/demultiplexer is the only athermal mux/demux available on the market for channel spacings below 50 GHz. The company’s products are today deployed as OEM in submarine networks for spacing between 30 and 50 GHz. The narrow spacing down to 12.5 GHz offers a way to meet future bit-rate increases for FTTH.
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Bend-optimised AllWave FLEX ZWP single-mode fibre is reportedly the first ZWP fibre to offer high bend performance for FTTH, enterprise networks, or any application where small bend diameters may be encountered. The fibre maintains very low bending loss across the full usable wavelength spectrum and offers up to 5× better bending performance than conventional singlemode fibres. It also helps improve cable reliability in demanding high-stress and low-temperature environments by providing better microbending performance.

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With budget demands and networks at capacity, economical solutions are required to expand. The MicroCore cable solution provides an efficient, cost-effective way to install fibre-optic cable underground without the challenges of permitting and right-of-way issues for new builds. Designed for blowing into new or existing microducts, MicroCore is suitable for backbone networks and last-mile FTTX installations.
AFL Telecommunications Europe

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The company’s instrument laser is a source that puts out 1-ns, 25-kW peak power pulses with excellent beam quality at rates to 25 kHz. The short optical pulses are triggered (with only about 100-ps jitter) by a user-supplied TTL signal allowing synchronisation for a range of instrument, diagnostic, and R&D type applications. The laser sells for less than £10,000 with volume discounts available for OEM users.
Advanced Optical Technology Ltd.

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With the current growth of broadband services, efficient and cost-effective methods of fibre deployment are demanded by the network operator with installation in high-rise buildings or multidwelling units (MDUs) being one of the major challenges. The VertiCasa system comprises a main riser cable that can be branched directly to individual subscribers on different floors of the MDU without the need for cutting and splicing of fibre within the riser of the building. Fibres are extracted from breakout windows in the main cable using a method that allows the required length of protected “easy strip” fibre to be routed directly from the main body of the cable through to the end user. The fibre can ultimately be spliced to a preconnectorised drop cable for final customer connection. The G.657-compliant fibre CasaLight is used within the system to ensure high performance in the presence of the tight bends often encountered when making final customer connections.
Prysmian Cables and Systems

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The F-131 is a low-cost, compact, motorised piezoelectric scanning and alignment system suitable for fast fibre-optic alignment applications. It provides a travel range to 25 mm in three axes, nanometre resolution, and millisecond response for fast alignment processes. Various controllers and alignment software for automated fibre alignment are also offered. Applications include scanning and alignment tasks in fibre optics and microscopy.
Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG

With this theme as its focus, The FTTH Council Europe’s annual conference will take place in Paris on February 27–28.

Attendees will be able to broaden their knowledge in a wide range of fibre-related topics and visit the exhibition hall where more than 60 exhibitors will provide hands-on experience with the latest technologies and solutions.

Programme highlights include:

  • “The French Perspective” on the FTTH market in France, moderated by Jean-Pierre Lartigue, a member of the board of the FTTH Council Europe, with speakers from Orange, Neuf Cegetel, and Free.
  • Breakout sessions divided into segments under the themes “Mass Market Technology,” “Business Drivers,” “Economics & Policy,” and “Voice of the Industry.”
  • “The European Commission Perspective,” a glimpse into the regulatory agency’s efforts with FTTH, a presentation by Ken Ducatel, a member of the Cabinet of Viviane Reding, the Commissioner Responsible for Information Society and Media.
  • A session on “Mass Market International Developments,” moderated by Wolfgang Fischer, member of the board of the FTTH Council Europe.

Preregistration: Tuesday, February 26 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Exhibition and Conference: Wednesday and Thursday, February 27–28

For more information, visit http://paris.ftthcouncileurope.com or www.europeftthcouncil.com.

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