Corning bows 'triple play' fiber
Targeting service providers that will pipe voice, video and data over their networks, Corning Inc. has introduced a new standard singlemode fiber designed to handle twice the launch power of other standard singlemode fibers.
Corning's NexCor optical fiber features the company's "MaxPower" technology, which increases the stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) threshold of the fiber by 3 dB, double that of traditional ITU-T G.652 singlemode fibers. The added power will enable operators to deploy analog video technology with broader network coverage and to design for a migration to digital video transmission networks.
"For analog video signals, you need to send high power levels," said Claudio Mazzali, Corning's manager for global market development, engineering and analysis. Corning unveiled the new fiber at the 2004 OFC in Los Angeles in February.
Corning also unveiled a pre-terminated access system designed to make FTTx network installations faster and less costly. Taking a success-based approach to deployment, the new system eliminates the need to enter terminals when connecting subscribers.