OFS expands its microcable product line with the RollR200 Central Core (CC) Rollable Ribbon Microcable. The RollR200 CC Rollable Ribbon Microcable features 432 optical fibers in a gel-free central core design optimized for microduct installations. This latest-generation cabling solution can help take metro networks to the next level with increased fiber density, enhanced performance, and speed of deployment.
The RollR200 CC Microcable capitalizes on OFS’ advancement in Rollable Ribbon (RR). To form these ribbons, individual 200-micron fibers are partially bonded to each other at predetermined points which enables the benefit of mass fusion splicing capabilities in a significantly smaller cable diameter to maximize fiber density in congested networks. Mass fusion splicing capability helps to simplify installation and save on splicing time and labor costs.
The cable design features a central core tube construction with helical strength elements for improved handling and installation capabilities. Specifically designed for air-blown installation using microduct systems, the rifled outer jacket reduces cable friction during installation to increase installation lengths. In addition, the RollR200 CC Microcable’s greater fiber density can help to expand the capacity of existing pathways using smaller, lower-cost duct systems.
The RollR200 Microcable’s Rollable Ribbons may be ‘rolled,’ compacted, and routed like individual fibers to facilitate use in potentially smaller closures and splice trays. The cable’s completely gel-free water-blocking design also helps to reduce the time required to prepare cable ends which can also help with reduced labor and splicing costs.
RollR200 Central Core Microcable is being presented at the ISE Conference and is initially available with 432 fibers and features OFS’ bend-optimized AllWave FLEX fiber.