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 http://www.ftthcouncil.org/blog/study-shows-home-values-up-3.1-with-access-to-fiber

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:

Video: http://www.ofsoptics.com/video-gihcs-lc.html

Press Release: http://www.ofsoptics.com/pdf/2014/GiHCS%20LC%20Connector%20Press%20Release10%203%2014.pdf

Fiber Optic Catalog: http://fiber-optic-catalog.ofsoptics.com/keyword/ofs/lc-crimp-cleave-connectors-for-industrialized-230-?keyword=LC%20Crimp%20and%20Cleave%20Connector&key=product&SchType=2&filter=1

http://fiber-optic-catalog.ofsoptics.com/item/ofs/-termination-kits-lc-crimp-cleave-termination-kits/dt03732-lc1

White Paper Overviews New FTTH Fusion Splicer

OFS released a white paper on the new FITEL® NINJA™ NJ001 handheld fusion splicer at the FTTH Connect Conference in Anaheim this week. Specifically designed for Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) applications. the NINJA features the industry’s first detachable V-groove that allows technicians to easily remove and clean that part.

According to Mark Boxer, Applications Engineering Manager and author of the white paper, dirty V-grooves are a source of error and also the number one reason splicers are submitted for repair. In fact, OFS data indicates that approximately 60-70% of splicer repair occurrences are due primarily to dirty V-grooves.

For more information and to access this new white paper, please go HERE.

 

There’s a New Microcable in Town

Today, OFS introduced the newest member of its growing microcable product family at the FTTH Connect Show in Anaheim, CA.

Building on the company’s expertise in microcable technology, the MiDia® FX Cable is specifically designed for excellent air-blown installation performance using microducts.  This new cable can help make fiber optic cable deployment faster and less costly, especially in locations where space is at a premium.

To learn more about MiDia FX Cable, please go HERE.

OFS Showcases Fiber Optic Technical and Industry Leadership

On Monday, June 29, OFS will highlight its continuing technical and industry leadership in a series of events at the 2015 FTTH Connect conference in Anaheim, California.

John George, Director of Solutions and Professional Services, will moderate a panel and breakout session focused on Multiple Dwelling Unit (MDU) strategies and solutions. In a separate session, Mark Boxer and Jeff Bush will provide a comprehensive look at Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) basics, including a comparison of FTTH to other available technologies. Finally, as high speed networks usher in the Gigabit era, John George will present on the timely topic of “Thinking Ahead to 10 Gigabits.”

For a schedule and more details on these events, please go HERE.

 

A Miniature Turnaround for Distributed Temperature Sensing

Fiber optic distributed temperature sensing systems (DTS) are valuable tools used for a broad range of applications, including the monitoring of hydrologic systems and power cables, and the detection of pipeline leaks. In many fiber optic DTS systems, a dual-ended configuration can correct the temperature measurement error associated with wavelength dependent loss (WDL) of the optical fiber. This design can also provide a more accurate temperature measurement when compared with a single-ended fiber system.

Xiaoguang Sun, David T. Burgess, Kyle Bedard, Jie Li and Mike Hines of OFS recently presented a white paper on this subject at the 2015 SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Conference. This paper focuses on their research findings when a miniature-turnaround device built with a short section of a graded index (GI) fiber is used. To read more, please go HERE.

Testing Bend-Insensitive Multimode Fiber Links

Enterprise networks and data centers around the world are increasingly installing bend-insensitive OM3 and OM4 Multimode Fibers. These fibers interoperate well with the embedded base of multimode fiber. However, if a link is not characterized properly, misleading test results can occur.

In BICSI’s ICT Today magazine, Dave Mazzarese describes how to properly measure the channel insertion loss of a multimode optical fiber link and why using the prescribed method is important.

To read more, please click HERE.

GigaNet – Forward to the Future!

OFS recently helped to deploy a turnkey Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in the City of Sandy, Oregon. This new network brings 1 GB/s broadband service to approximately 3,500 residents via SandyNet, the internet service provider (ISP) owned by the community and operated by the city since 2003. Sandy is only one of many communities across the nation that have deployed their own high-speed FTTH network. Many of these communities lack a service provider, have limited broadband options or have been largely ignored in the nationwide push for gigabit service. Continue reading

Riding the Winds of Change

With the opening next week of the 2015 American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Windpower Conference, fiber optics and wind power are particularly timely topics.

According to Industrial Marketing Analyst Natalia Juhasz, people often fail to realize that the many uses of optical fiber include industrial networking, such as control systems for wind power. In fact, industrialized fiber optics can provide an effective means to transmit data in harsh, outdoor environments.

How can the wind industry benefit from using fiber optic technology? Continue reading