Recently a manufacturer of fiber optic systems from Canada has demonstrated their new optical fibers that provide a lot of benefits over standard fiber systems, containing such features as reduced material and installation costs, fewer fiber connection points, simplified repair and maintenance, and a migration path for future fiber optic applications.
The thing is that now in expectation of new bandwidth-hungry fiber optic applications, there is an intense competition among service providers to achieve consumers faster and with the ultimate end-state networks – optical fiber to everything – FTTx. To be more precise, more bandwidth of optical fibers at faster speeds and with lower latency is highly required. Therefore, fiber optic suppliers are installing more fiber optic systems for the applications of today and tomorrow.
Despite the fact that today the attention is paid on wireless connectivity, it is impossible to imagine the wireless without reliable fiber optic cables from end to end serving as the backbone and supplying horizontal connectivity. And the providers confirm that the new “fiber cable system provides the most cost-effective, adaptable, reliable option for scalability and flexibility to meet the initial network needs, and enables adaptation to future network requirements.”
It should be noted that this optical fiber technology is not a novel one, however, compared to traditional cabling methods, the presented installation technique of fiber optic cables is relatively new. The thing is that two types of air-blown fiber optic systems are distinguished depending on the network segment. For instance, in the first, air-blown micro cables (from 12 to 432 optical fibers) are used in the distribution part of the network.
The second type employs air-blown optical fiber “units” for the access fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) segment. Herewith, these fiber optic systems are applied in various environments, for example, FTTH, hospitality, health care, and enterprise campuses. The operating principle of the new optical fiber technology is based on the use of “compressed air or nitrogen to literally blow (or “jet”) lightweight optical fiber micro cables, or units, through predefined routes at rates up to 300 feet per minute.”
The developed optical fiber technology provides great advantages for quick and easy fiber optic cable installation. It is possible to raise the capacity by installing new optical fibers in spare micro ducts when necessary. Moreover, the fiber system makes the amount of fiber splice joints minimal in the network compared with conventional fiber optic solutions. Thus, it offers high performance and reliability.
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