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Corning bares 'game-changing' optical fiber tech

Posted: 25 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optical fiber technology? FTTH network? telecommunications?

Corning Inc. has developed a new optical fiber technology that performs over a hundred times better than the single-mode standard. The new product addresses fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network installation challenges, the specialty glass and ceramics manufacturer said.

Current optical fiber is costly and difficult to connect all the way to a customer's house or office because tight bends around corners and longish routes through the building affect signal strength and effectiveness. With Corning's new nanoStructures design, cabled fiber maintains its signal strength even when bent or curved. The attribute solves a historic technical challenge for telecommunications carriers aiming to offer cheap, true high-speed Internet, voice and HDTV services to any building, both commercial and residential, the company said.

"This is a game-changing technology for telecommunications applications," Peter Volanakis, Corning president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. "We have developed an optical fiber cable that is as rugged as copper cable but with all of the bandwidth benefits of fiber. By making fundamental changes in the way light travels in the fiber, we were able to create a new optical fiber that is over 100 times more bendable than standard fibers."

Volanakis said the company partnered with Verizon Communications Inc. to develop the new fiber technology and is in discussions with providers to help find solutions to their installation issues. He noted that the market base is as big as more than 680 million apartment homes worldwide.

For Paul Lacouture, executive VP of engineering and technology with the Verizon Telecom Group, the collaboration indicates his company's continued innovation in advanced telecommunications networks.

"We are working closely with Corning to solve the challenges of providing fiber solutions to high-rise apartment complexes across the United States. This fiber technology will enable us to bring faster Internet speeds, higher-quality high-definition content and more interactive capabilities than any other platform which exists today."

Corning will bare its nanoStructures-based family of optical fiber, cable and hardware and equipment solutions at the upcoming 2007 FTTH Conference & Expo in Florida, USA.

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