New bend-optimised fibres from Tratos

Tratos, one of the leading European manufacturers of electrical, electronic and fibre optic cables, has launched the AllWave® FLEX and the AllWave FLEX+ Bend-Optimised Single-Mode Fibre range. The range has been developed alongside cutting-edge fibre optic network solutions manufacturer OFS in order to offer customers a brand new solution for any application that requires exceptionally small bend diameters.

Featuring a 200 micron coating, AllWave Fibres occupy 46% less area than conventional 250 micron coated fibres, enabling them to be used in cables with higher fibre counts per tube and in microcables where cable diameters must be minimised. The bend-optimised design enables tight, low loss bends and the coating meets dynamic fatigue characteristics without risking fibre strength, resulting in long-term reliability and ultimate peace of mind for the customer.

Mirko Gori, Area Sales Manager for Tratos, affirms, “The 200 micron Allwave FLEX+ fibres offer enhanced bend performance and low diameter, as well as full compatibility and compliance with the installed base of conventional G.652.D single-mode fibres.  This makes them an excellent choice for higher density cables for our customers’ access networks, enterprise networks and high-density Fibre-to-the-Home (FITH) applications.”

AllWave FLEX is an ITU-T G.657.A1 bend-optimised single-mode fibre, providing outstanding macrobend and microbend performance. Bending loss is extremely low across the full usable spectrum of wavelengths from 1260 to 1625 nm and these fibres can be coiled into a loop with less than 0.5 dB incurred loss at 1625 nm and less than 0.2 dB incurred loss at 1550 nm – five times better than the bending performance of conventional single-mode and leading ‘low water peak’ fibres. AllWave FLEX is suitable for indoor applications and Outside Plant (OSP) that requires bend radii as low as 10mm.

AllWave FLEX+ Fiber offers many of the same benefits and is the first Zero Water Peak (ZWP) that actually exceeds both ITU-T G.657.A2 and G.652.D specifications. The range is the ideal choice for a many applications in which small bend diameters may be required, including central office buildings, backbone cabling in Multi Dwelling Units (MDUs) and enterprise networks.

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