Corning Cable Systems has introduced a line of drop cables aimed at easing fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) installations. The company's ROC dielectric drop cables with FastAccess technology enable faster and easier removal of the cable's jacket, which may reduce fiber access time by up to 55% when compared to traditional drop cables, claims the company.
Suitable for both field- and factory-termination processes, Corning asserts that the new drop cables' compact design allows for easier handling in the field, reduces slack storage requirements, and improves transportation and storage costs. Unlike outdoor dielectric cables that require special tools for cable access, such as hook blades, the company says its FastAccess technology requires no special tools, thereby lowering costs.
The ROC dielectric drop cables with FastAccess technology are backwards compatible for easy connectorization or splicing, and are also available in preconnectorized assemblies. The dielectric nature of the cable also eliminates any bonding and grounding requirements, notes Corning.