VertiCasa cabling system targets MDU installation

Oct. 1, 2008
October 1, 2008--Prysmian's VertiCasa cabling system is designed for bringing optical fiber directly into high-rise apartments and office buildings. The heart of the system is a new concept in optical cable construction, which allows simplified fiber access and break-out.

October 1, 2008--Prysmian's VertiCasa cabling system is designed for bringing optical fiber directly into high-rise apartments and office buildings. The heart of the system is a new concept in optical cable construction, which allows simplified fiber access and break-out.

The system is designed to provide a fast and flexible means of connecting users in a multiple dwelling unit (MDU), whether for new buildings or retro fitting to existing buildings. VertiCasa is built around a special riser cable, from which long lengths of fiber can be extracted. Fibers are removed through small breakout windows in the riser cable using Prysmian's patented access method. This allows the riser cable to be installed without slack loops, and requires minimal space for fiber access, fiber routing in the vertical riser, and horizontal connections. Extracted fibers can be routed directly to individual subscribers without the need for intermediate splices. Various accessories are also available, which allow a wide range of installations in the horizontal space.

The VertiCasa system will also be available in conjunction with preconnectorized MDU cables and components to provide efficient installations and reduce labor costs. It also offers a full spectrum of bend-tolerant fibers, including Prysmian's CasaLight Xtreme fiber. In the most demanding applications, CasaLight Xtreme can be used for bend radii as small as 5 mm. VertiCasa drop cables containing CasaLight Xtreme have been designed to withstand sharp 90 degree bends under tension and installation with staple guns.

The VertiCasa(TM) system comprises all supporting accessories and connectivity products necessary to complete the full installation from main fiber distribution point, generally in the basement of the MDU, through to the end user.

On the Web: www.prysmian.com

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