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Fujikura Aids FTTH Roll-Out With New Bend-Resistant Fibre

Fujikura Europe Ltd announced that it has brought fibre to the home (FTTH) one stage closer with the launch of a new bend-resistant fibre. The product - FutureGuide SR7.5 - has a minimum bend radius of just 7.5mm, making it one of the most flexible fibres in the world.

Available in a MageTsuyo SR7.5 patch cord, the fibre is flexible and highly durable: when twisted or bent the fibre returns to its original condition without any deformation or marking on the sheath. With the ability to be manipulated in the same way as electrical or telephone cable, the fibre can be used to deliver high bandwidth communications directly into the home or office environment. The qualities of this fibre have also allowed Fujikura to develop a number of new, smaller, more space-efficient closures, including connector plugs and sockets.

"Optical fibre offers the bandwidth required to bring applications such as IPTV and online gaming into people's homes," said Grant Ogilvie at Fujikura Europe Ltd. "Fujikura has taken its experience of fibre roll-out in Japan - the most advanced FTTx market in the world - and has developed a product that can stand up to the rigours of the home and office.

European incumbent operators are now looking at FTTx as a means of deploying the services their customers are demanding; Fujikura's fibre offers them the flexibility and durability to bring optical fibre, not only to the kerb, but right into customers' living rooms."

The MageTsuyo SR7.5 patch cord has an outer diameter of 4mm. The cord can withstand tension of up to 68.5N and lateral pressure of up to 1200N/25mm. The SR7.5 follows the launch last year of the SR15, which has been deployed extensively in patch cords, indoor cable and drop cables.

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