OFS expands microcable product line for metro fiber networks

Feb. 18, 2016
OFS says its MiDia 2GX cable is designed to bolster metro networks with increased fiber density, enhanced performance and greater cost-savings opportunities on deployment.

Fiber-optic cable supplier OFS has expanded its microcable product line with the MiDia 2GX cable, designed to bolster metro networks with increased fiber density, enhanced performance and greater cost-savings opportunities on deployment.

The new microcable capitalizes on OFS’ advancement in bend-optimized fiber design, enabling tight, low loss bends without risking fiber strength and long-term reliability. The company says the cable's fibers occupy 36% less area than conventional 250 μm coated fiber, enabling smaller diameter cables with a greater number of fibers per tube to minimize cabled diameters in congested duct networks.

"The MiDia 2GX cable range provides system build cost-reduction opportunities by enabling increased deployment distance, fewer installations, and maximized use of congested and limited availability ducts," states an OFS press release. "The lightweight, highly compact MiDia 2GX microcable is designed for seamless installation into existing microduct networks. This microcable can help customers achieve longer air-blown installation distances and reduce the number of splice points and setups required."

“The MiDia 2GX microcable allows service providers the opportunity to achieve up to a 100 percent increase in fiber density in a single, reduced diameter cable,” contends Pierre Marty, executive vice president of sales and marketing for OFS. “This gain in density allows providers to maximize the use of their network duct systems and infrastructure, helping them save on both material and installation costs and retain the space for future upgrades or lease.”

Generally available with fiber counts of 144, 192 and 288 and featuring OFS’ bend-optimized AllWave FLEX and AllWave FLEX+ fibers, the MiDia 2GX cable is being introduced at the FTTH Conference in Luxembourg (February 17-18).

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