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Development of High Fibre Count Minicables for FTTH and Back-bone Networks ( bytes)
December 09, 2013

Multimode Fiber Test Methods ( bytes)
August 21, 2013

End Face Appearance (“Halo”) of LaserWave FLEX Bend-Optimized Multimode Fiber ( bytes)
June 12, 2013

Technical Report - End Face Appearance (“Halo”) of LaserWave FLEX Bend-Optimized Multimode Fiber ( bytes)
June 11, 2013

Multimode Optical Fiber Technology & Standards for Tomorrow’s Data Centers ( bytes)
May 15, 2013
Author: John Kamino
Abstract: Managers of data centers and enterprise networks are trying to do their jobs in an ever-shifting marketplace, with nearly all the changes being driven by one word— bandwidth. Consider a few facts: Global Internet protocol (IP) traffic will quadruple from 2011 to 2016, reaching 1.3 zettabytes (1.3 x 1021 bytes) by the end of that period. By the same time, it is expected that 31 percent of that traffic will not be from personal computers. Incredible as it seems, the number of IP devices in use will be nearly three times the global population.

200 Micron Fiber Enables New Cable Designs ( bytes)
April 10, 2013

Manufacturing Zero Water Peak Single-Mode Fiber ( bytes)
March 14, 2013
Author: David Mazzarese

LaserWave® FLEX Bend-Optimized Fiber: Innovative Design, Proven Performance ( bytes)
October 11, 2012

5 Things You Should Know About LaserWave FLEX® Bend-Optimized Multimode Fiber ( bytes)
October 05, 2012

Is Your Network Ready for 100G? ( bytes)
September 25, 2012
Author: John Kamino
Abstract: This article examines the requirements of 100 Gb/s applications and the optical fiber-based solutions that address those needs.

Bend-Optimized Single-Mode Fiber and the G.657 Standard ( bytes)
September 11, 2012

Bend-Optimized Single-Mode Fiber FAQs ( bytes)
September 11, 2012
Author: David Mazzarese
Abstract: As today's FTTx networks push optical fiber to single-family homes and multiple dwelling units, they require smaller distribution cabinets and compact fiber manangment systems, where fiber is subject to a greater degree of bending. These conditions have put more stringent demands than ever before on the bend performance of single-mode fibers. However, the need to maintain a very high degree of mechanical reliability hasn't changed. An understanding of the design and performance of bend-optimized fiber will help the user make a more informed decision in specifying a fiber that can support tighter bends but still be very reliable.

Fiber in the Premises: Multimode or Single-Mode? ( bytes)
August 16, 2012
Author: Tony Irujo - Sales Engineer and John Kamino, Product Manager
Abstract: Applications such as Voice over IP, video-streaming, and teleconferencing are pushing data communication rates to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and beyond in enterprise networks. These higher speeds might lead system designers to believe that single-mode fiber enjoys an increasing advantage over multimode fiber in premises applications. However, higher Ethernet speeds do not automatically mean single-mode fiber is the right choice.

Full Spectrum Fiber Comes of Age ( bytes)
May 11, 2012
Author: Mark Boxer

50 µm or 62.5 µm? Choosing the Right Multimode Fiber ( bytes)
March 13, 2012
Author: John Kamino, Product Manager
Abstract: Choosing the Right Multimode Fiber for Data Communications

Measuring Bandwidth of High-Speed Multimode Fiber ( bytes)
March 12, 2012
Author: Andrew Oliviero
Abstract: Understanding the Methods Used to Ensure Fiber Performance

100 Gb/s Transmission over TrueWave® Fiber ( bytes)
December 09, 2011
Author: Christian Larsen, Ph. D., Vice President R&D and Peter Arnoff Nielsen, M.Sc. Econ, Executive Adviser

Fundamental Fiber Choices for the Enterprise ( bytes)
November 04, 2011

FAQ: Measuring OM4/OM3 Fiber Bandwidth ( bytes)
August 31, 2011

OM4 - The Next Generation of Multimode Fiber ( bytes)
January 14, 2011
Author: Tony Irujo - Sales Engineer

Choosing the Right Fiber for a Long Haul Route ( bytes)
November 01, 2010

Specifying Optical Fiber for Data Center Applications ( bytes)
October 25, 2010
Author: Tony Irujo

Lose the Gel with New Totally Dry ADSS Cable ( bytes)
September 15, 2010
Author: Mark Boxer
Abstract: Gels are great in hair and shoes, and maybe even in deodorants. However, anyone who has worked with fiber optic cable knows that gels, like a bad cold, are messy and tend to follow you wherever you go.

FTTH Design Decision Flowchart ( bytes)
September 28, 2009
Author: David Stallworth

OM4 Fiber FAQs ( bytes)
July 14, 2009

Optical Fiber in the Data Center: Fiber Choices, New Standards Impact Network Performance ( bytes)
March 13, 2009
Author: David Mazzarese
Abstract: For network managers, installers and consultants, all eyes are on the data center. In businesses, educational and health facilities, and government organizations, this critical facility is at the hub of an explosion in bandwidth demand. The drivers behind this growth include the tremendous popularity of video and other high-bandwidth content on the Internet, the growing interest in videoconferencing, greater demand for data storage and record keeping, and the rise in supercomputing applications.

OFS Fiber in the Green Data Center ( bytes)
February 09, 2009

How Long is Long-Haul in a FTTH World? ( bytes)
December 15, 2008
Author: Guy Swindell & David Mazzarese
Abstract: Fiber-to-the-home’s newfound status as the preeminent wireline solution coupled with the emergence of IP video are driving higher bandwidth requirements into rural America. A seldom mentioned byproduct of these rural deployments is a need to link remote central office and hub locations over substantial distances. The capacity of those links will define the ability to deliver next-generation services in the last mile, and the distances those links support may introduce issues which were previously the exclusive domain of longhaul backbone providers.

Budgeting for Long Haul Networks ( bytes)
May 14, 2008
Author: Peter Arnoff Nielsen
Abstract: Stretch Your Network Budget Through Proper Fiber Selection - In an ideal world, resources would be unlimited. Unfortunately, in the real world that is not the case. When spending resources, most of us are constrained by some sort of budget.

Understanding Fiber Optics: Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) ( bytes)
February 12, 2008

On the Road to 100 Gigabit Ethernet ( bytes)
January 31, 2008
Author: Andrew Oliviero
Abstract: Setting the Standard for Next-Generation Enterprise Networks

The Importance of Minimizing Hydrogen Aging Losses and Alkali Impurities OFS AllWave® Zero Water Peak (ZWP) Fiber ( bytes)
December 13, 2007
Author: Dr. Kai Chang
Abstract: To reliably support many decades of revenue generating services the optical loss in fibers should not degrade with time. For some fibers, however, there is a significant risk that the optical loss could increase due to the chemical reactions between the atomic defects in fibers and the trace amounts of molecular hydrogen inevitably present in or around optical cables. Selecting the right fibers made with the proper process and high purity silica material can guard against hydrogen aging loss increases and help ensure decades of reliable network service.

Understanding Fiber Optics: Zero Water Peak Fiber ( bytes)
November 05, 2007
Abstract: While all Reduced Water Peak Fibers have lower loss in the E band (1360 - 1460 nm), not all such fibers are created equal.

RUDP Listing for ORBITAL™ Cabinets 160, 288, and 576 ( bytes)
September 21, 2007

Build to Last: The 40 Year FTTH Design ( bytes)
April 16, 2007
Author: Guy Swindell and Calvin Martin
Abstract: This artice explains how to achieve cost-parity and future-proofing in an FTTH network design. Learn about the key importance of optical fibers, splitters and connectors. This was an atricle appearing in the April-07 issue of the LastMILE Magazine.

Understanding Fiber Optics: Attenuation ( bytes)
April 12, 2007

Understanding Fiber Optics: Numerical Aperture ( bytes)
October 17, 2006
Abstract: Numerical aperture (NA) is a critical performance specification for multimode fibers. It indicates the maximum angle at which a particular fiber can accept the light that will be transmitted through it. The higher an optical fiber's NA, the larger the cone of light that can be coupled into its core.

Minimizing PMD in Cabled Fibers ( bytes)
August 31, 2006
Author: David Mazzarese
Abstract: Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) is a serious problem that can limit distances and data rates in an optical fiber system. PMD is a time varying quantity that degrades system bandwidth and is costly to mitigate. It affects network reliability and is becoming more evident as network speeds increase.

Selecting the Right NZDF Fiber for Distributed Raman Amplification ( bytes)
August 31, 2006
Author: Tommy Geisler & Bera Pálsdóttir
Abstract: Distributed Raman amplification, the technology used to increase the span reach in 10 and 40 Gb/s systems, may reduce overall system cost, in part by reducing the number of amplifiers in the network. This technology has been adapted in commercial systems and is now implemented in the field both in the United States, Europe and Asia.

LC Product Specification ( bytes)
May 23, 2006

SC Product Specification ( bytes)
October 25, 2005

Lose the Gel - Why 100% Dry Cable is the Right FTTX Network Choice ( bytes)
July 20, 2005
Author: Lisa Dixon, PhD
Abstract: When investing in a new or upgraded fiber optic network to support FTTx, including service to homes, businesses and multiple dwelling units, you will need to make several key decisions before purchasing fiber optic cables. This paper helps you choose the right one for your need.

Understanding Fiber Optics: Intersymbol Interference ( bytes)
January 01, 2005

Fiber or Copper? - FAQs ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Abstract: Making the Right Choice for Your Premises Network

Novel ADSS Cable Design Technique for a Reduced Weight and Reduced Cable Diameter ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: Alessandro Nunes
Abstract: Published at IWCS 2002.

Optical Fiber in the Data Center: Increase Network Flexibility through Proper Fiber Selection ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: Andrew Oliviero, John E. George
Abstract: Data center designers and managers must be sure that the optical fiber products they specify can provide the performance and reliability they need.

Effects of High Power ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: D. Ridgeway

Modular Adapters and Attenuators ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: D. Ridgeway

Manufacturing Multimode Fiber ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: David Mazzarese
Abstract: Precise Control of Production and Testing Ensures High Performance

Development of Lightweight Ribbon Cable for Blown Installation ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: H. Paul Debban, Jr., Mario S. Rossi, Peter A. Weimann, MIchael Kinard, C. Shawn Davis, Jason Pedder
Abstract: Published at IWCS 2002.

Mixing TrueWave® RS Fiber with Other Single-Mode Fiber Designs Within a Network ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: James R. Refi
Abstract: This white paper discusses various topics that should be evaluated when mixing TrueWave® RS fiber with dispersion-unshifted and other nonzero dispersion fibers. These topics include: (1) joint loss, (2) one-way OTDR anomaly, (3) link chromatic dispersion, (4) link dispersion slope, (5) cutoff wavelength, and (6) nonlinear effects.

Specifying Fiber in the Horizontal ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: John E. George
Abstract: To meet the need for higher bandwidth, more end-users are installing fiber in their horizontal networks, directly to desktops or even to wireless access points. Once the end user has elected to install fiber, many questions arise: What do the standards specify for optical applications in the horizontal? How does one decide what kind of fiber should be used? What level of bandwidth support is required to sustain today's applications and those into the future? How should channel insertion loss be managed?

Optimized Drop Cable For FTTH ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: Lisa Dixon
Abstract: Published at FTTH Conference 2004.

Application Specific Solutions for FTTx Blown Fiber ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: Luis Bocanegra, Vid Chandraiah, Paul Debban, Timothy Goddard, Phil Konstadinidis, Jason Pedder, Mahmood Tabaddor, Ken Taylor
Abstract: Published at NFOEC 2003.

A New Family of Totally Dry Outside Plant Cables ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: Peter A. Weiman, Richard H. Norris, Howard M. Kemp, Richard G. Gravely, Swati Neogi
Abstract: Published NFOEC 2003.

Blue Tiger Advantage ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: R. Boncek

Blue Tiger Advantage ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: R.Boncek

Polarization Mode Dispersion FAQs ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: R.K.Boncek,A.McCurdy,and A.Sorby
Abstract: This document presents those Frequently Asked Questions as related to the topic of Polarization Mode Dispersion.

Qualification of Loose Tube Fiber Optical Cables ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: Richard Gravely
Abstract: Published at IWCS 2002.

Dry Central-Core Ribbon Cables for the Outside Plant Environment ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: Richard H. Norris and Peter A. Weimann
Abstract: Published at IWCS 2002.

Performance Aspects of Novel Two-Rod Dielectric Sheath Design for Central Core Cables ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: Richard H. Norris, Peter A. Weimann, Howard W. Kemp
Abstract: Published at IWCS 2002.

Laser-Optimized Fiber FAQs ( bytes)
January 01, 2005
Author: Tony Irujo
Abstract: As transmission speeds over optical fiber networks in the enterprise increase to 1 and even 10 Gigabits per second (Gb/s) and beyond, a relatively new term "laser-optimized fiber" has crept into the industry's vocabulary. What is laser-optimized fiber? What do you need to know about it? And what exactly does the term "laser-optimized" mean? Understanding the answers to these questions will help you prepare for the latest wave in optical communications for enterprise networks.

Optical Fiber Growth for Profitablility ( bytes)
October 05, 2002

OFS Bend-Optimized Single-Mode Fibers: FTTH Application and Splicing Guidelines ( bytes)

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