Sumitomo expands air blown fiber system

September 18, 2007 -- Sumitomo Electric Lightwave has added 24-fiber bundles to its FutureFLEX air-blown fiber (ABF) system for LAN infrastructures.

September 18, 2007 -- Sumitomo Electric Lightwave has added 24-fiber bundles to its FutureFLEX air-blown fiber (ABF) system for LAN infrastructures.

The system expansion targets the growing adoption of IP video-based applications and other high-bandwidth services in enterprise networks. According to the company, within a typical 4" conduit, the existing FutureFLEX ABF system offered 38 fiber pathways versus 2 conventional pathways within the same space; the introduction of the 24-fiber bundle now increases fiber capacity in each pathway by an additional 33%.

The addition of the fiber bundle reduces labor time by eliminating an extra step in the fiber installation process, contends the company. Previously, either one singlemode, multimode, or 10G laser optimized multimode 18-fiber bundle and one 6-fiber bundle would have to be blown in a two-step process to reach a 24-fiber count requirement.

"We are pleased to introduce the new 24-fiber bundle to our existing product line," comments Kurt Templeman, Sumitomo's FutureFLEX product manager. "This introduction will assist our customers in their effort to stay ahead of bandwidth and network capacity requirements, while further reducing costs and project turnaround times."

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