August 27, 2007 -- Superior Essex Inc. announced that its Dri-Lite line of all-dry, ribbon fiber cables has been qualified by Telcordia Technologies to meet the fiber-optic cable requirements of industry standard GR-20. Telcordia, an independent testing and consulting company for the communications industry, has previously qualified Superior Essex's line of gel-filled fiber cable products.
According to a press release, the Dri-Lite cable products have also been tested to comply with Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP) specification 1753F-601 (PE- 90) for fiber-optic cables.
Superior Essex says the Dri-Lite product line makes use of proprietary technology to achieve its water-blocking characteristic without the use of gel filling compounds. The company notes that all-dry designs for fiber cable are preferred by some customers due to their elimination of water-blocking gels, which require clean-up and can add time to the cable installation process.
Superior Essex currently offers the Dri-Lite cables in armored and all- dielectric designs for fiber counts up to 216. Additional cable sizes are expected to receive qualification status later this year. Additional details regarding the Dri-Lite product line are available at www.superioressex.com/comm/dri-lite.