Stratos Optical expands FTTX OSP product line

June 12, 2006 -- The company has expanded its FTTX product line to include a series of hardened fiber-optic connectors (HFOC) as well as handheld optical test instruments.

Stratos Optical Technologies has expanded its FTTX product line to include a series of hardened fiber-optic connectors (HFOC) as well as handheld optical test instruments.

The Stratos FTTX HFOC fiber connector series is a family of "ruggedized" drop cable connectors for single and multiple fiber applications. The connectors allow plug-in installation to single or multiple dwellings and may be placed in pedestal, aerial, and buried enclosures, or in equipment located at a fiber distribution hub enclosure or optical network termination unit near a customer's premises. The physical size of the HFOC is scaled for easily pulling through conduit and accommodates both oval and round cable constructions. A visual mating indicator assures installers when a proper connection has been made.

Designed for installation testing, the company says its LS420 handheld light source and power meter instrument provides all the necessary requirements to measure absolute or relative optical power in a passive optical network (PON). The instrument's memory can store 512 measurements with fiber number or location, wavelength, absolute or relative value of insertion loss. All the data can be exported to Excel, Word, or other applications. The compact, robust tool is available in seven working wavelengths: 850-, 1300-, 1310-, 1490-, 1550-, 1625-nm, and visible laser source 650-nm. A rechargeable battery ensures a field life of at least five years.

In 2005, the company entered the OSP [outside plant] segment for central office, enterprise, and access markets with the introduction of an "end-to-end" PON connectivity system specifically designed to address the needs of municipalities, local phone companies, independent service providers, and building developers.

The company introduced the new products at last week's OSP Expo in Chicago.

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