Draka installs fiber backbone for Rotterdam’s World Trade Center

Dec. 7, 2010
Draka deployed its RiserNetXS cabling technology.

Draka Communications says it has completed installation of an advanced fiber backbone for the Rotterdam Exchange and World Trade Center using its RiserNetXS cabling technology.

Designed for internationally operating entrepreneurs, the original Exchange -WTC building dates back to the mid-1930s. The building was extended with an elliptical shaped tower in 1987. The 93-m high tower, which has 25 floors and six elevators, is now fully equipped for the future with a ready-to-connect backbone of fibers for ultra-fast broadband communications, Draka says.

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Draka engineered the RiserNetXS technique to ease the task of modernizing older mid- and high-rise buildings requiring dense concentrations of broadband access points. RiserNetXS consists of a cable with a slim, tough, flame-retardant outer sheath and dielectric reinforcement, housing micro-modules each with six Draka BendBrightXS bend-insensitive optical fibers. These fibers are color coded to facilitate installation on each floor. The design provides enhanced strain resistance without compromising the benefits of simple, direct, field termination, Draka asserts.

An optical fiber breakout unit system enables fiber micro-module retractions of up to 20 m. The system makes use of window cuts along the cable that allow individual fiber modules to be cut and pulled back through an earlier window on another floor level. The color-coded fibers can then be pushed through separate microducts on the new floor, ready to be brought to a termination or distribution point within the customer premises. The use of these micro-modules provides easier storage, faster installation, and access to the fibers without the need for special tools, Draka concludes.

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SOURCE: Lightwave

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