As both companies invest in capacity to address strong industry demand for more fiber-optic bandwidth, OFS and CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) announced on January 10 that the companies have entered into a new eight-year partnership to help ensure the availability of optical fiber supply to CommScope for use in its customers’ networks.
“Through this agreement, CommScope secures access to a premier supply of optical fiber for development of innovative fiber cabling products for global wireline and wireless networks,” says Jaxon Lang, senior vice president and Connectivity Solutions segment leader, CommScope.
“OFS values our long-standing partnership with CommScope and supports their global operations with a multi-sourced contract from our optical fiber facilities in the United States, Europe and Japan,” adds Pierre Marty, senior vice president, Global Marketing and Sales at OFS.
Marty continues, “The OFS investment to increase manufacturing capacity was welcome news to our customers with the requirements of 5G, FTTx, Node-Plus-Zero, and Internet of Things consuming bandwidth and driving build-outs globally. The OFS innovations in fiber optics can support this breadth of reach from fiber for traditional outside plant applications, to 200 micron fiber helping to ease installation in existing crowded duct networks, to bend insensitive fiber to connect the home, businesses and wireless cells.”
CommScope's Lang concludes, “Service providers and enterprises are pushing fiber connectivity deeper into their networks to address the growing need for speed and capacity. We are pleased to continue our relationship with OFS in the supply of optical fiber—it is an important part of our growing fiber connectivity business that supports wireless, broadband, commercial building, campus and data center networks around the world.“
Specific terms of the agreement were not publicly disclosed.
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