Splicing the Next Generation Fiber Optic Network


Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM (CT) 

From backbone applications to FTTH to 5G, fiber is everywhere. To meet the increasing demand for fiber, service providers are demanding higher fiber count cables in smaller packages. This demand has resulted in significant innovation around fiber types and structures, including the commercialization of fibers with 200 micron coatings, rollable ribbons, and even the combination of the two. The need to splice these new fiber structures has resulted in significant innovations in fiber splicing.

This webinar will examine the innovations in fiber splicing that have occurred within the past year or so, enabling quick and robust splicing procedures for these new technologies.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Different fiber and cable structures, such as loose tube, ribbon, and rollable ribbon fiber structures.
  • The challenges to splicing new fiber and cable structures, including 200 micron fibers, ribbons, and rollable ribbons.  
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Presented by:

Mark Boxer of OFS, ISE Webinar PresenterMark Boxer
Technical Manag
er, Solutions and Applications Engineering
In his role at OFS, Mark Boxer 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, contributing member to the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) (formerly FTTH Council) Technology Committee and Board of Directors member of the FBA.


Tom Stafford of OFS, ISE Webinar PresenterTom Stafford
Field Service Engineer
Tom Stafford has been working for OFS for more than 20 years from Lucent Technologies to current OFS Fitel. In the past 10+ years, he has provided various customers’ splicing training, fusion splicer service, splicing troubleshooting as well as splicing total solutions advice. He has been involved in many key projects, helped customers address various challenging tasks and achieved numerable good results for customers. Tom has been involved with pliable ribbon splicing since its conception and is an active member in the ribbon splicing solution team.


OFS A Furukawa Company, logo for ISE Webinar

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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