Choosing Fiber Optic Cables for Outside Plant Applications

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Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM (CT) 

From backbone applications to FTTH to 5G, fiber is everywhere. Fiber is in long-distance networks, and forms the backbone and distribution networks for all types of wired and wireless communications services. This means that fiber is deployed in a wide variety of environments and network architectures. To meet the requirements of these diverse networks, the choice of fiber and cable types has also never been higher. From different fiber types to fiber structures within cables to cable types, one size definitely doesn’t fit all. This webinar will provide a survey of fiber and cable types to help guide the end user towards a deeper understanding of how to choose cable types for a specific application. 

Attendees will learn about different fiber types that are used in various outside plant networks. They will also learn about different fiber structures, such as loose tube, ribbon, and rollable ribbon fiber structures. We will also discuss the pros and cons of different cable types in different applications, such as the following: 

  • Loose tube and microcable designs 
  • Flat ribbon and rollable ribbon in loose tube designs 
  • Flat ribbon and rollable ribbon in central tube designs 

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Presenter by: Mark Boxer, Technical Manager, Solutions and Applications Engineering, OFS. In this role, he assists customers deploying fiber in a wide variety of network design scenarios around the world and analyzes trends in telecommunications markets that drive new product innovation. Mark has a BME degree from Georgia Tech, and has spent his 30+ year career in the fiber industry. His experience includes varied roles in manufacturing and applications engineering for fiber-based products and markets. Other activities include inventor of six US Patents, member and past Secretary of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Fiber Optic Working Group, and contributing member to the Fiber Broadband  


OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, fiber optic cable, connectivity, fiber-to-the-subscriber (FTTX) and specialty photonics products. They provide reliable, cost-effective solutions for a broad range of applications including telecommunications, medicine, industrial automation, sensing, government, aerospace and defense. These products help their customers meet the needs of consumers and businesses, both today and into the future. 

Headquartered in Norcross (near Atlanta) Georgia, U.S.A., OFS is a global provider with facilities in China, Denmark, Germany, Russia and the United States. OFS is part of Furukawa Electric Company, a multi-billion dollar leader in optical communications. 

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