AFL has received five new U.S. patents over the past quarter for technology and developments in the area of connectivity and fiber-optic cable. Four patents were received for connectivity, two of which coincide with AFL’s ASCEND high-density platform.
The introduction of 400 Gbits/sec and now 800 Gbits/sec has created greater efficiencies to provide low-latency network access with significantly increased bandwidth, critical for hyperscale and cloud-scale organizations. The resulting new transceiver and connector options along with fiber constructions help to deliver data where you need it, when you need it, cost-effectively. These changes have architectural and on-site implications that involve network, cable infrastructure, installation and testing. This panel presentation and discussion will address these technology trends from different perspectives across the data center ecosystem.
AFL, an international manufacturer of fiber optic cable, connectivity and accessories, introduces its updated customer portal, designed to streamline and improve Customer Experience by providing quick and easy access to customer order information. The new platform provides advanced shipping notifications, an expedite request capability, news feed updates, and features video demos and learning activities.
As 5G deployments continue toward the goal of ubiquitous coverage, two apparently conflicting trends are developing: C-RAN and Edge Computing. To understand why these two apparently diametrically opposed trends are happening, we need to look at the drivers of each, and when we do, we’ll see there isn’t necessarily an inevitable “collision.” But Service Providers need to plan for each of these trends with a network that is expandable, flexible and accessible.
VIAVI Solutions has introduced new fiber test and measurement solutions, including new optical power meters, fiber characterization modules, and an enhanced Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) solution which enable service providers, colocation and hyperscale data centers, enterprises and contractors to reduce costs, improve quality of service, minimize downtime and speed time to revenue.
Fiber optic sensing uses the physical properties of light as it travels along a fiber to detect changes in temperature, strain, and other parameters. Fiber optic sensing utilizes the fiber as the sensor to create thousands of continuous sensor points along the fiber. This is called distributed fiber optic sensing using a distributed fiber optic sensor.
Transceivers capable of supporting 400 Gigabit Ethernet for the data center environment are being deployed. Meanwhile, coherent transmission in the form of 400ZR/ZR+ will soon reach the field, with 600-Gbps and 800-Gbps capabilities following suit and the IEEE embarking on new standards efforts. This webcast will review the state of 400G+ technology for both data center and service provider applications and the requirements such technology should meet.
Demand for greater capacity for scaling and optimized connectivity for privacy and speed is driving the need for dark fiber.
Wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) carries great potential to help network operators stay ahead of growing demands for bandwidth. As we continue to split the light into more and more wavelengths, the potential capacity of just a single fiber strand grows dramatically.
Poor-quality cable and installation practices are often not a priority or much of a concern to building owners and end users until a system goes down. Because cable infrastructure is installed behind the walls and out of sight, few people give a second thought to the criticality of cabling infrastructure until it is too late. And don’t forget, wireless devices are in fact connected by wires to transmitters and routers. It is generally accepted that approximately 70% of network downtime is due to cabling improprieties, which can include low-quality cable or poor termination practices. But, even worse than network failure is the safety risk due to a cable’s poor design, substandard material makeup and/or manufacturing deficiencies.