NEW PRODUCTS - June 2009
CABLES - Fujikura introducesC-Groove cable
Fujikura Europe  has launched the C-Groove cable, a new design that enables fast access to fibers without compromising the structural integrity of the cable. This allows access to individual fibers within minutes, creating a 50 percent reduction in installation time for engineers, according to the company.
The Fujikura ‘Easy Split’ bend insensitive Ribbon Fiber offers a smaller diameter than conventional Loose Tube cable. This allows for more space in fiber ducts, the company said.
Fujikura's C-Groove cable
The new cable boasts a C-shaped core; once the outer coating is removed, the core remains intact and fibers can be removed from the open face of the C-Groove. Once the desired fibers have been extracted, the outer coating can be resealed by pressing the cover back over the cable. And since this process is repeatable, Fujikura said, adding new subscribers in the future is a simple procedure.
“The time savings offered by this truly innovative, Ribbon Fiber-based cable are phenomenal,” said Fujikura product marketing manager Grant Ogilvie. “Being able to conclusively demonstrate that, by using our C-Groove cable and Easy Split fiber, an engineer can almost double their productivity is a compelling offering for service providers around Europe undertaking fiber installations.”
The C-Groove cable was developed in Japan to meet the demand for economical construction of access networks.
Tokyo-based Fujikura, which has been in business for nearly 125 years, manufactures and supplies fiber-optic technology and electronics components.
Adva ups Ethernet-based transport capacity
Adva Optical Networking  has introduced the FSP 150CC-GE206, which enables Ethernet and synchronization to be delivered over fiber-based Ethernet transport for service providers looking to deploy an Ethernet service optimized for mobile backhaul applications.
Adva’s FSP 150CC-GE206
The majority of today’s mobile base stations are currently connected by T1/E1 TDM links. With the growing number of mobile handheld devices that are capable of sending and receiving video and other advanced applications, the drive to high-capacity, high-bandwidth traffic is increasing.
The FSP 150CC-GE206 enables synchronous Ethernet to replace traditional T1/E1-based synchronization in the delivery of Ethernet services. Adva said the ability to deliver intelligent Ethernet services that are functionally identical over a variety of access technologies is a key advantage of its FSP 150 product family.
Amino, Minerva team up for whole-home DVR
At the NAB show in April, Amino demonstrated its AmiNet530 DVR IP set-top box integrated with Minerva’s WHDVR control module.
AmiNet530 DVR IP STB
The combined solution allows service providers to offer advanced DVR services throughout a subscriber’s home while using a single DVR, the companies said. Subscribers will be able to independently play, pause, rewind and fast-forward programming stored on the DVR from any TV in their home via other STBs – even from those without embedded storage.
The WHDVR offering will provide added viewing flexibility to subscribers without impacting the cost of the CPE, according to the companies. Users can access recorded content from any TV in the home.
“Operators want to use the in-home broadband network to offer new services without increasing their infrastructure cost,” said Mauro Bonomi, CEO at Minerva. “Amino and Minerva are demonstrat-ing how to extend the DVR functionality throughout the home without requiring additional set-top boxes with embedded storage, keeping costs low while enabling a better subscriber experience.”