STL among the world’s first companies to develop 180 micron optical fibre

STL among the world’s first companies to develop 180 micron optical fibre

This high-density micro cable provides the best of both worlds to the operators and installers.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 02:13 PM IST
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STL among the world’s first companies to develop 180 micron optical fibre | Image: STL (Representative)

STL, a optical and digital solutions company on Tuesday announced that it has developed its slimmest fibre yet - a 180 micron optical fibre, through an exchange filing. This fibre enables the smallest diameters in cables with the highest fibre densities. STL showcased a next-generation micro cable with 288 fibres capable of being deployed in 8 mm ducts, at the ongoing FTTH Conference 2023, in Madrid, Spain today. STL is amongst the first companies globally and the first in India to develop this industry-leading product.

This high-density micro cable provides the best of both worlds to the operators and installers. The 180 micron G657 A2 fibre combines bend-insensitive properties with a fully backward-compatible cable design which makes it a “ready to deploy” innovation in the optical industry.

As the service providers densify the network with more fibre, duct space will be a precious asset. That is where STL’s high-density micro cable will help operators to pack more capacity in limited duct space, thereby reducing costs and deployment times. Remarking on the compelling need for this product, Jitendra Balakrishnan, CTO-Optical Networking, STL said - “If it's a problem for the end customers, operators or installers - it's a problem worth solving for us. We need to make extremely smart use of the limited duct space in high and medium-density areas, for rollouts to be fast and cost-effective. Our product is going to deliver just that.”

This announcement comes in after a series of product innovations by STL. Recently, the company developed India’s first multicore fibre with 4X capacity. STL was the first company to launch Stellar™ - an A2 bend-insensitive fibre with full backward compatibility, and amongst the top 2 companies globally to bring IBR (Intelligently bonded ribbon) cable technology into mainstream networks.

Along with the marquee 180 micron fibre and micro cable, STL is also showcasing its integrated optical fibre offering at the FTTH Conference 2023. STL’s pre-connectorized optical connectivity kits - OPTO-BLAZE and OPTO-BOLT - come with plug-and-play capabilities for faster and easier installation and its OPTO-DOP’s is another unique design that eliminates the need to provision traditional cable coils at drop locations. It is a perfect solution for hassle-free, on-demand connectivity.

Speaking about this development, Paul Atkinson, CEO-Optical Networking, STL, said, “The amount of fibre the world needs is immense. R&D and innovation in fibre design will be, according to us, the most important driver for future ready networks. We are intensely focused on product innovations that will enable fiberisation in a scalable, faster and cost-effective way. STL’s high-density micro cable and integrated optical connectivity offerings will deliver a lot of value for our customers. I am also very excited about the fact that it will significantly reduce the plastic in the ground and contribute to our customer’s sustainability goals.”

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