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Bend insensitive fibers for FTTH and MDU
Author(s): Jinkee Kim; David W. Peckham; Alan H. McCurdy; John M. Fini; Peter I Borel; Kariofilis Konstadinidis; Peter Weimann; Richard Norris; Fengqing Wu; Robert Lingle; David J. Mazzarese; John George; Andrew Oliviero
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Paper Abstract

As deployment of fiber to the home (FTTH) within multiple dwelling units (MDUs) is growing, more technicians will be involved in the deployment of optical drop cables, and there is a desire to use craft and practice similar to what is used for copper cables. We introduce a solid bend insensitive fiber in this application that is backwards compatible to G.652D fiber, and has macrobending, splice loss and system performance to meet the very demanding conditions of these applications. A closer look at the demands of this environment has made it necessary to re-evaluate reliability in these critical applications. We apply the Power Law Model to predict reliability in these demanding applications, and provide experimental evaluation of the model through testing on optical fibers and cables. It will be shown that bends and tension need to be considered together when evaluating the reliability of the passive optical plant.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 2008
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7134, Passive Components and Fiber-based Devices V, 71340G (11 November 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.803565
Show Author Affiliations
Jinkee Kim, OFS Fitel, LLC (United States)
David W. Peckham, OFS Fitel, LLC (United States)
Alan H. McCurdy, OFS Fitel, LLC (United States)
John M. Fini, OFS Fitel, LLC (United States)
Peter I Borel, OFS Denmark (Denmark)
Kariofilis Konstadinidis, OFS Fitel, LLC (United States)
Peter Weimann, OFS Fitel, LLC (United States)
Richard Norris, OFS Fitel, LLC (United States)
Fengqing Wu, OFS Fitel, LLC (United States)
Robert Lingle, OFS Fitel, LLC (United States)
David J. Mazzarese, OFS Fitel, LLC (United States)
John George, OFS Fitel, LLC (United States)
Andrew Oliviero, OFS Fitel, LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7134:
Passive Components and Fiber-based Devices V
Ming-Jun Li; Ping Shum; Ian H. White; Xingkun Wu, Editor(s)

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