Category: White Paper

White Paper – Get Connected: Smart Buildings and the Internet of Things

The world of smart building technology is uniquely positioned to benefit from IoT. But, how can organizations – whether they’re large multi-national entities or small to medium-sized businesses – best integrate IoT to deliver significant transformation over time?
The following smart building IoT best practices should be taken into consideration: 1) Start small. Test IoT in your building before expanding. 2) Build a solid plan 3) Include all stakeholders.

White Paper: Next Generation of Fiber Optic Loose Tube Cable

The evolutionary path of outside plant (OSP) fiber optic loose tube cables with the standard 600-lb load rating is leading to higher-fiber-density cables with smaller diameters and lighter weights. With advancements in manufacturing technologies, improved materials, and development of bend-insensitive optical fibers, AFL has developed the next-generation of high-performance 600-lb rated micro-loose tube cable for the communications cabling infrastructure market. This paper will review some of the money-saving attributes related to this new, more compact OSP micro-loose tube cable by comparing the AFL OSP MicroCore® LMHD-Series Fiber Optic Cable to larger, traditional loose tube cables.

White Paper: 400G Optical Interface Standards »

The continuous increase in bandwidth demand is rapidly pushing cloud data centers and network operators to significantly increase their data traffic capacity. The deployment of 400G Ethernet which is expected to start in the 2019/2020 timeframe will play a key role in this effort, and as with past network upgrades it requires the creation of a multi-sourced interoperable optical ecosystem. Various types of 400G Ethernet (“client-side”) optical interfaces have been or are being in the process of being standardized by the IEEE and MSAs. They include single-mode and multimode options, as well as interfaces running over parallel optics or over duplex optics (using WDM technology).