RDUP approves Corning's full FTTH line
August 3, 2006 -- The U.S. RDUP has added Corning Cable Systems' OptiSheath Advantage multi-port terminals and OptiFit Advantage drop cable assemblies to its list of approved products, making Corning the only manufacturer to offer a complete FTTH passive portfolio via the program.
Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning Inc.'s telecommunications segment, has been listed by the U.S. Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP) for its complete portfolio of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) products, including both cable and hardware.
The RDUP recently added the company's OptiSheath Advantage multi-port terminals and OptiFit Advantage drop cable assemblies to its list of approved products. With this listing, Corning Cable Systems is the only manufacturer to offer a "complete, tip-to-tip" passive product portfolio listed by the RDUP, according to the company.
In addition to the newly added products, the RDUP had previously listed the company's OptiTect Advantage and Premier Local Convergence Point (LCP) cabinets, as well as its OptiSheath Classic and Advantage terminals and closures, OptiDrop pedestals, and SST-Drop, SOLO, and ALTOS cable families.
A division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the RDUP (formerly the RUS) offers loans and grants in order to increase the rate of deployment of technology to small towns in rural areas. RDUP acceptance allows service providers to purchase Corning Cable Systems' products with these funds.
The products are listed in the program's "List of Materials Acceptable for Use on Telecommunications Systems of RUS Borrowers." The complete list of products can be found at www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/index.htm.
The RDUP-listed products are part of Corning Cable Systems Evolant Solutions line.