Corning fiber selected for Faroe Island submarine project

APRIL 18, 2007 -- Corning Inc. says that its Vascade EX1000 optical fiber has been specified for the submarine cable that will be supplied to Faroese Telecom for the SHEFA-2 network.

Apr 18th, 2007

APRIL 18, 2007 -- Corning Inc. (search for Corning) says that its Vascade EX1000 optical fiber has been specified for the submarine cable that will be supplied to Faroese Telecom for the SHEFA-2 network. NSW GmbH, a Corning Cable Systems company and a provider of repeaterless submarine cable systems, will supply the cable.

This network will be separated into three main links that will connect the Faroe, Shetland, and Orkney Islands and the mainland of Scotland. The direct link between the islands of Faroe and Shetland (approximately 400 km) is the core challenge of the system design. The requirements included the ability to transmit up to 19x10 Gbits/sec on a single fiber pair without using remote optical pumped amplifiers. To meet these needs NSW selected Corning's Vascade EX1000 fiber with average attenuation values of ¡�0.170 dB/km.

"To realize the outstanding performance our customer requires for this project, it is necessary to select the most advanced cable design, the latest Raman technology, and premium selected, low-attenuation singlemode optical fibers" said Dr. Clemens Unger, vice president of technology, NSW. "This is why we chose Corning's Vascade EX1000 fiber."

"Corning Vascade EX1000 fiber's ultra-low attenuation performance makes it a perfect fit for the challenges presented in the design of this unrepeatered submarine network," said Clifford L. Hund, division vice president, sales and marketing, Corning Optical Fiber. "We are delighted to work with NSW in the deployment of our advanced submarine fibers in high-performance cables as they are the foundation of this submarine network."

Corning Vascade EX1000 fiber is an ultra-low-attenuation fiber designed to maximize the cost efficiency of unrepeatered submarine networks. Standard grade Vascade® EX1000 fiber features typical attenuation lower than 0.174 dB/km at 1550 nm and improved Raman performance.

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