February 20, 2013
FOX Solution SlimBox Expanded to Enhance FTTH Deployments
By Shamila Janakiraman
The SlimBox Drop System is designed as a single platform solution for providing a FTTH connection to SFU (Single Family Unit) or MDU (Multifamily Dwelling Unit) subscribers, said OFS a designer and manufacturer of fiber optic network products.
Jason Pedder, director Product Marketing, EMEA Cable and Connectivity for OFS said, “Service providers want to increase revenues and reduce costs by connecting customers faster, with lower skilled labor. The SlimBox Drop System is designed to meet this need by supporting plug and pay drop connections, splitters, and splicing, all within a common platform.”
The SlimBox Drop Terminal is designed to support up to 16 drop cable assemblies to deliver fast plug and play connections to customers with connectors sealed inside a single enclosure. The FOX Solution Drop Cable Assemblies includes EZ-Bend 4.8mm assemblies which provides sharp unmanaged bends enabling easy installation in less space.
Also, the distribution cable can be routed through the SlimBox terminal which can be pole, pedestal, or aerially mounted. The cable can easily enter the terminal and it can be re-sealed through a clamshell clamping system.
Officials explained that one terminal part number can support up to 16 drop connections with factory terminated or field installed mechanical connectors. Another option is fusion splicing to reduce inventory. Mid-span splicing techniques used with the distribution cable eliminate the need for additional splice closures as seen in hardened connector systems.
OFS AllWave FLEX+ fiber standard available in all drop, pigtail, and tether assemblies ensures minimal bending loss and better system performance and safety features.
The products from OFS also includes single 1 x 16 or two 1 x 8 splitters that are available factory or field installable in terminal to provide a PON splitter and drop cable connection functionality from a single terminal.
OFS also announced the introduction of AllWave FLEX and AllWave FLEX+ Bend-Optimized Single-Mode Fiber with a 200 micron coating for use in cables with higher fiber counts and in microcables where cable diameters must be minimized.
Edited by Brooke Neuman
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