OFS Announces EZ-Bend InvisiLight Optical Solution
MUNICH, GERMANY — OFS, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of fiber optic network solutions, announced the launch of its EZ-Bend InvisiLight Optical Solution, which offers virtually invisible, faster fiber routing inside homes and MDUs.
John George, director of OFS global technical marketing, says, “For service providers, this solution improves both sides of the business case equation: Its virtual invisibility helps increase customer acceptance and revenues, and the roll-on installation process, auto-slack storage and plug-and-play connectors speed deployment to help reduce costs.”
FTTH providers are now deploying compact optical network terminals (ONTs) deep into subscribers’ homes to facilitate in-home networking. However, some customers cancel service orders once they learn the installation requires unsightly conventional optical cables. Routing fiber behind walls is an option, but this is a slow and expensive installation unless ducts are already in place and accessible behind the walls.
The EZ-Bend InvisiLight Optical Solution solves this challenge with a 1 mm diameter optical microcord that blends seamlessly with the interior décor. An installer uses a simple process to roll and adhere the microcord into grooves between ceilings and walls, walls and moldings, corners between walls, or directly on moldings. OFS’ EZ-Bend fiber enables this solution to conform to the contours and many corners in a residence with negligible signal loss.
In field trials the typical customer response has been, “It’s amazing – I cannot see it!” Installers say, “This saves customer subscriptions that we would have lost otherwise.” In cases where conduits were in place but access was blocked by large furniture or appliances, a large carrier stated, “This product was used when no other solution could work to service our customer. It solves one of our key installation challenges.”
The EZ-Bend InvisiLight Optical Solution is being presented at the FTTH conference in Munich, February 15-16 and will be generally available in June 2012.
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