Fiber optic products like cables, and connecting solutions like transceivers, are in their finest phase of development. With more and more finesse creeping into the structure and sophistication ruling the functioning of the optical fiber cables, the wired connectivity industry is witnessing an all-time boom in the technology. Many of the makers have showcased in Fiber Optic Conference 2017 their upcoming products that have become better and are truly advanced in design as well as function.
One of the biggest challenges faced by a fiber optic cable maker is to create a product that is completely environment-proof. The fiber optic cables are being made armored style, with different fiber counts and other integral features to ensure their flawless functioning even in adverse conditions. Since fiber optic products are ruling all the Earth, Air and Water, their designs need to have a provision to give all the adversaries spread in these areas a clear defeat.
FastAccess Technology enabled optical fiber cables are going to be the next market rulers. It is because of their eliminating the need of integrating water-proof elements into the structure, that ultimately has made these lighter than before in weight and easier to install. These are also promising faster data transfer and are providing proper proofing against buffer tube damage. Some of the FastAccess enables fiber optic cables that have been rolled out in 2017 are:
- Lite Armored Cable: In this cable, the armored cables are given a stylish and sleeker makeover. The older traditional cable binder is done away with and a thin-film structured sheath is adopted in Lite Armored Cable. This cable is designed to guarantee safe and easy handling. The jacket is made of material that can easily be peeled off manually just by using hands, allowing the user quicker and easier access to the fiber. Since this cable would not require any sharp tool or binder to be prepared for installation, the networking managers would be able to carry out the installation procedures in more reduced time. Also, they would not require heftier safety gear to carry out the installation process. Even a first-timer would be able to install the cable in less than half the time that went initially into the process.
- Binderless HD cable: This is another innovative fiber optic cable enables with FastAccess technology. It is designed to deliver highly dense cable having fiber count up to 288 fibers, making it ideal for networks demanding denser ports. The binderless HD cable made using Ultra 200 fiber of SMF type is the main USP of this fiber optic cable. The coating diameter is reduced in this highly dense cable enabling better utilization of even a limited duct space.
- 864-fiber outdoor cable: The ribbon type cable is designed with additional fiber counts increased from conventional 576 to maximum of 864; it is additionally strengthened with gel-free coupling technology. Its design is made super resilient to meet the requirements of direct-buried, aerial and duct applications. At the core, there is a dry insert that serves the purpose of coupling technology. Gel-free structure is suitable for easy preparing for the network development. Gels are not liked as these are not easy to remove; thus, getting rid of this feature brings in more handiness to the process of fiber access. The coupling technology offers exceptional limiting of ribbon movement when the cable is more likely to create vibrations.
The fiber optic market is committed to continually enhance the Broadband experience at the consumers’ end. The makers are trying to locate new areas of access in the building so that the installation techniques can be made easier as well as quicker. It is because of the zeal to ease the installation and handling that the newer variants of fiber optic cables having no gel, and other desirable features are being introduced in the market. The latest area under consideration is duct space which is otherwise a bit difficult to obtain. To complement the conditions of the duct space, the design of the fiber optic cables are modified. They are made smaller and thinner with more fiber count in smaller footprint, with added advantage of no binder material that is considered nasty because of its contribution to bulkiness.
Fiber optics devices are in sync with the emerging trends likely to be observed in 2017. Enterprise grade networks are going to rely heavily on WLAN services. These services are gaining more and more footage and the vendors are taking up the role of full-fledged network managers given the fact that their interference is seen on all major aspects of the networking project. Enterprises need cloud-based technology on a larger scale and they expect the cloud to be compatible to every emerging technology that helps maintain better momentum in services. This is why; controller-managed networks are the other emerging trend that is defining the in-premise connectivity. The controller is still a major game changer though the vendors choose to work upon eliminating the bottlenecks in the WLAN technology enabled by clouds.
The biggest challenge yet to be conquered is that of security. With the concepts like loT and other wireless methods of accessing network, the security has become a thing of paramount importance. Data centers are making themselves truly impregnable and the better security lies in simplified solutions. So, making networks that are simple, effective as well as accommodating is what the makers are focusing on, and fiber optic products are being designed to meet these objectives.