Corning’s New Multifiber Pushlok Products Aim to Simplify and Accelerate Deployments

March 18, 2024
The "stick-and-click" Pushlok technology is the latest addition to its Evolv line of products.

Corning this week announced three new innovations to its Evolv product line that aim to speed up fiber deployments, save hours of installation labor, and reduce emissions. 

The "stick-and-click" Multifiber Pushlok Technology adds to the company's existing Evolv portfolio which was introduced in 2020 with dual-connectivity fiber products, and now adds multifiber connectivity to the platform.

Corning's Pushlok technology was developed by the company to help simplify the often complex and varied installation process and reduce the hours required in the field. The company also touts a reduction in carbon footprint.

“Multifiber Pushlok is a ‘stick-and-click’ connector technology that draws on Corning’s experience helping network operators reach more than 100 million homes worldwide,” the company said when making the introduction. “The compact and fiber-dense connector allows operators to deploy more fiber in tighter spaces—an essential consideration for increasing data usage.”

The company lists and describes each new addition here:

·       Evolv Assemblies “add flexibility to network architecture with a variety of sizes and density options. Multifiber Pushlok’s tactile and audible feedback simplifies the cable assemblies’ installation.”

·       Evolv Terminals “include a new ‘stubless’ version that reduces packaging material by up to 30% per assembly, allowing for up to 45% more product per shipping pallet.”

·       Evolv FlexNAP “is preconnectorized to fit operators’ customer-specific locations, reducing their reliance on skilled labor and delivering cost savings of at least $25 per home, compared to traditional splice methods. The new system on RPX cable fits into 1.25-inch ducts, surpassing legacy solutions constrained to 2-inch ducts. This results in up to a 50% recuction in carbon footprint through minimized duct material usage. It also features a new built-in, locatable dust cap, which allows operators to swiftly locate the system for buried deployments and simplify network-troubleshooting efforts.”

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to connect the unconnected,” said Corning vice president of global market development, Bob Whitman. “There’s a lot of capital available, and we at Corning are prepared. We have decades of experience providing broadband connectivity; our technology passes more than 100 million homes globally.”

The company focuses its innovation on solving customer challenges, and these new Multifiber Pushlok technologies accomplish that in several ways, Whitman added. Today, service providers face dual challenges of cost-to-deploy broadband networks, and challenging build times for these projects—alongside labor shortages for many. Evolv’s “smaller and denser footprint make it easier to install,” Whitman said. Additionally, with the product line, “We take a lot of cost out by removing splicing from the field and into our factory,” he added. “We believe these solutions can save at least $25 per home. Because the Evolv solutions are smaller, and fit into a smaller duct, there’s also the opportunity for incremental savings. We use 35% less packaging, making it about 45% more efficient to pallet the product. And there’s up to a 50% reduction in carbon footprint.”

When asked how Evolv’s Multifiber Pushlok capabilities represent a TCD (total-cost-of-deployment) advantage over traditional fiber rollouts involving field termination, Whitman reflected, “The cost of labor is different for every carrier. Whenever we are working with them to help them decide how to build, there are different variables. [With field termination] a technician must go out with a bucket truck or climb a pole, bring the cable down to the ground, create a place to work such as a tent. Then they’re accessing the fiber by opening the cable sheath, finding the fibers, and after identifying them, strip and prepare the fiber for splicing.

“This entire process also involves variability among technicians, but it is hours long, every time it happens. We take all that and do it in our controlled-environment factory” by technicians trained specifically for that task, he emphasized. With Corning’s factory-terminated products, “You get a repeatable, reliable, lower-cost process. We know that part saves money.” With Multifiber Pushlok Evolv, rather than going through the hours-long process just described, the field technician “does a simple stick-and-click,” Whitman pointed out.

He concluded by restating the industry has arrived at a “historic opportunity to connect the unconnected. Operators are facing challenging building environments and cost constraints. We developed this solution with those challenges in mind, and we want to add on to the 100 million homes that our solutions have passed.”

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