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Liz Goldsmith

The Newsletter Of The Fiber Optic Association

We’re only a few days into the New Year and all we can say is the outlook is uncertain. The enthusiastic hype that has filled the news in the past with promises of 5G solving the world’s problems has turned to skepticism. “Smart” cities are being discussed as not such a smart idea anymore. The latest battles in the “pole wars” we’ve written about before now focus on placement of small cells for 4G/5G, not on installing aerial fiber optic cables.

Optical Cabling in the Data Center: Preventing problems through testing

The seamless interconnect of data center facilities is needed to deliver lightning-fast speeds, and yet internet content providers (ICPs) have grown at such a rate there has barely been enough time to create the rigorous testing regiment necessary. Add the rising cost of cabling infrastructure and the array of interoperability protocols to the mix, and the scale of the challenge becomes even more overwhelming.

Splicing 200µm Ribbon – Getting Started on the Right Foot

The introduction of  200µm coated fibers in the market is causing a paradigm shift in cabling and splicing technology. These smaller fibers are found in loose fiber cables, and offer many benefits compared to standard 250µm loose fiber cables. The only real disadvantage is that currently most 200µm fiber applications can only be spliced one fiber at a time. If a technician wants to ribbonize these 200µm loose fibers for mass fusion splicing, the simplicity is lost.

Deadline extended for entering BICSI’s Cabling Skills Challenge to January 16

The deadline for entering BICSI’s 2020 Cabling Skills challenge has been extended to January 16. Race against the clock and your peers to complete industry tasks and emerge victorious. All current BICSI Installers and Technicians are eligible to enter, and selected competitors will receive a complimentary registration to the 2020 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition. Prizes for the Cabling Skills Challenge will be awarded and the grand champion will walk away with $5,000.

Inventors of bend-insensitive optical fiber to be inducted in National Inventors Hall of Fame

Three researchers from Corning, Dana Bookbinder, Ming-Jun Li, and Pushkar Tandon, who invented ClearCurve bend-insensitive optical fiber, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) in Washington D.C. in May. They are among 22 inventors who will be inducted at that time. The announcement was made at the Consumer Electronics Show.