Meeting the Need for Speed

Bandwidth demand continues to grow unabated and is predicted to increase at a compound annual rate of nearly 25 percent over the next five years.  The use of virtualization in servers has driven intra-data center traffic to new levels, while the rapid deployment of cloud computing applications is creating demand for higher-speed enterprise networks.

In a new article in BICSI’s ICT Today, John Kamino and Roman Shubochkin of OFS discuss how the optical fiber and cabling industry is supporting this need for higher network speeds by developing a new, next-generation multimode fiber – wideband multimode fiber.  Learn more here!


What Lies Ahead for Multimode Optical Fiber

Multimode optical fiber has supported the transmission speeds of the fastest networks for many years, with refinements in the fiber manufacturing process enabling increased bandwidth and throughput capability. OM4 fiber is currently the highest-performing, standardized multimode fiber.

In an upcoming webcast sponsored by Cabling Installation & Maintenance, Tony Irujo of OFS will look ahead to the future of multimode fiber, describing the next generation of fiber technology and, specifically, applications for which it is appropriate.

To participate in this complimentary webcast on November 19, please register HERE.

High-Peak-Power Pulse Amplification in Higher-Order Mode Fibers

Optical fiber lasers are often used in commercial applications including remote sensing and materials processing. Because these applications can benefit from high-peak powers and pulse energies, there is a corresponding need to reduce nonlinearities caused by high-peak intensities.

Researchers have used a number of approaches to increase the effective area of the fibers in order to achieve large-mode area (LMA) high-power fiber lasers. However, with these techniques, the fibers are operated in the fundamental mode which creates a significant reduction in mode area when the fiber is coiled. The results are that it is difficult to scale the effective area of the fundamental mode beyond 1000 microns and peak powers are limited to a few hundred kilowatts. In this way, the robust and compact packaging benefits of high-power fiber lasers are often lost when LMA fiber designs are used.

In an article written for SPIE Newsroom, Dr. Jeff Nicholson of OFS Laboratories explains how his team overcame this problem using an OFS designed, bulk-optic mode converter that uses an axicon for the output of HOM (High Order Mode) fiber amplifiers.

To read more, please go HERE.

Managing Change in Data Center Cabling and Systems

From network cabling to supporting infrastructure, every system in a data center must deliver solid, consistent performance.  However, because data centers are subject to frequent reconfiguration, they must also be adaptable to change.

A recent webcase seminar from Cabling Installation & Maintenance provides an inside look at technologies that can help data centers to meet the challenge of remaining both dependable and flexible.

Please go here to access a rebroadcast of this webinar.


OFS Launches WIDEly-Anticipated Multimode Fiber

OFS announced the launch of its LaserWave® FLEX WideBand Multimode Fiber at the BICSI 2015 Fall Conference in Orlando this week. Developed to enable next-generation short wavelength division multiplexing (SWDM) applications, this new wideband multimode fiber also meets the demanding requirements of today’s OM4 applications.

Unlike conventional multimode fiber, which carries transmission at the single 850 nm wavelength, LaserWave FLEX WideBand Fiber supports traffic over a range of wavelengths from 850 nm to 950 nm. This capability allows multiple lanes of traffic over the same strand of fiber, significantly improving the bandwidth capacity of multimode fiber while maintaining its cost advantages for short-distance applications (up to 300 meters or more). In this way, LaserWave FLEX WideBand Fiber can support four wavelength 100 Gb/s applications, while providing bandwidth for tomorrow’s 400 Gb/s and higher speeds.

Building on the history of OFS’ bend-optimized LaserWave FLEX 550 (OM4) Fiber, this new wideband multimode fiber is also backward compatible with existing OM4 networks and applications, and complies with OM4 fiber requirements.

To learn more about LaserWave FLEX WideBand Multimode Fiber, please use the links below.

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The Effects of Sterilization Methods on Specialty Optical Fibers and Terminations

While specialty optical fibers and fiber optic-based probes or sensors are ideally suited for a wide range of medical applications, such as invasive surgical procedures, these fibers must be sterilized to ensure that they are free of microorganisms before being used inside a human body.

Although a variety of physical and chemical sterilization treatments are used in the medical device industry, exposing optical fibers to harsh conditions can significantly affect their properties, including optical attenuation and mechanical strength.

Finding only a few studies related to this subject, a group of intrepid OFS researchers investigated.       To read their white paper and learn about their findings, please go here. And to access a recent article and/or webcast on this subject by Dr. Andrei Stolov, a member of the research team, please go to article or webcast.


What’s Fast, New and Almost Invisible? The InvisiLight™ MDU Solution

OFS is pleased to launch the InvisiLight Multiple Dwelling Unit (MDU) Solution that offers virtually invisible and faster fiber routing inside residential and business MDUs. This new solution combines with our current InvisiLight Indoor Living Unit (ILU) Solution to provide a complete in-building, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) system.

Using this solution, service providers can help accelerate the adoption of fiber optic services by offering residents and tenants faster, lower cost and virtually invisible installation. And these benefits, in turn, can result in higher subscriber acceptance and take rates, greater profitability and faster times to revenue for service providers.

To view the InvisiLight MDU Solution and other leading-edge OFS products, visit booth # 513 at the OSP Expo 2015 in Denver, Colorado, September 2-3. And to learn more about this exciting product, please use any of the links below:

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Broadband Communities magazine article


Data Sheet

Access to Optical Fiber Can Boost Home Values By Up To 3.1 Percent

The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas recently released a white paper finding that access to optical fiber can help increase a home’s value by up to 3.1 percent. In this study, the authors researched the relationship between fiber-delivered Internet services and housing prices. Based on their analysis, the increase to the value of a typical home ($5,437) is roughly equal to the addition of a half bathroom or fireplace to the home.

OFS has been an active member of the FTTH Council since its founding in 2001.

To read the full story, please visit

Focusing on Cable Design Criteria

EuroWire, an international magazine covering the wire and cable industries, has featured an OFS white paper entitled “Long-Term Cable Reliability Design Criteria.”

In this paper, Dave Mazzarese, Mike Kinard and Phil Konstadinidis investigate the current requirements for allowable axial load on fiber optic cables, with a focus on overhead cables. Their findings suggest that the current criterion found in many fiber optic cable standards may be too optimistic.

To access the full article, please use this link.




Crimp, Cleave and Leave!

OFS’ Crimp and Cleave technology helps make the typical 10-minute epoxy/polish process for installing fiber optic connectors a thing of the past. As part of an Industrial Networks solution, the LC Crimp and Cleave Connector takes center stage because of its compatibility with most common small form-factor pluggable (SFP) transceivers.

While capitalizing on the advanced optical and mechanical properties of HCS® (Hard Clad Silica) and Graded Index HCS GiHCS® optical fibers, the LC Crimp and Cleave Connector attaches to the cable through mechanical means rather than traditional epoxy/polish methods. Designed with the field installer in mind, technicians with even minimal fiber optic experience can now use the Crimp and Cleave technology to help rapidly and efficiently install new or repair damaged fiber optic cables.

The links provided below offer detailed information on this new solution:


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