DRAKA COMMUNICATIONS Announces Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) Drop Cable

Draka Communications – Americas, one of the leading North American producers of fiber optic cable,  today announced the release of a new optical fiber cable product for use in FTTH MDU applications. Draka ezINTERCONNECT™ Ruggedized Indoor cables, available in standard and heavy-duty designs, will provide a robust solution to address all potential installation challenges expected in MDU applications.  Both cable designs utilize Draka’s BendBright-XS™ bend-insensitive single-mode optical fiber, which is the first and only all-glass fiber on the market that meets and exceeds the stringent ITU-T G.657.B standard bending requirements while maintaining backward compatibility with existing single-mode fibers (ITU-T G.652.D).

When used per manufacturer’s recommended practices, the ezINTERCONNECT Ruggedized Indoor cables support a variety of installation methods, including stapling.  The standard design is 2.9 mm in diameter, provides excellent mechanical durability, and supports accepted installation practices. The heavy-duty design is 4.8 mm in diameter and provides an added level of protection for particularly rigorous installation conditions including small bend radii created by tight routing conditions. Both products are flame rated and available with or without connectors.

“With more emphasis being directed toward MDU applications we are confident that this new bend-insensitive fiber cable product will dramatically simplify routing and installation practices,” states Greg Williams, Director of Marketing at Draka.

About Draka Communications
Draka, headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is a $4 billion, publicly listed (Euronext) company with 9,145 employees worldwide.  Draka is divided into three groups: Energy & Infrastructure, Industry & Specialty, and Communications.  Communications is responsible for the production and sale of optical fiber, cable and communication infrastructure solutions globally. Draka Communications – Americas’ roots in North America run a century deep in names like Alcatel, ITT, Ericsson, Chromatic Technologies, and Phelps Dodge. Our clients are served from Draka’s unique site in Claremont, North Carolina which is home to the 125-acre corporate campus & Americas headquarters, over 1 million square feet of manufacturing space and the only integrated optical fiber and cable facility in North America.

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