industry. It has been designed specifically
for fiber-to-the-home applications where
cables must withstand sharp 90° bends,
rough handling and severe installation
techniques, such as the use of staple guns,
according to the company.
Draka Communications Americas, now
a subsidiary of Prysmian, reintroduced its
BendBright Elite ultrabend product in
early 2009. The fiber can tolerate bends
as small as 5 mm, while achieving attenuation values of ;0.1 dB. The fiber can
tolerate as many as 150 90° bends and
500 crown staples.
There are four types of ultrabend fiber
made by Corning, OFS, Prysmian and
Draka. Table 2 sums up the characteristics
Table 1. The seven-year forecast for optical fiber production.
The last three rows are in billions of dollars.
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
147 162 159 172 182 190
(in millions of
Unit Price (US$)
Multimode fiber/specialized fiber
Multimode fiber has a much larger diameter core than single-mode fiber. The
internal diameter can range from 50 μm
up to hundreds of microns, while the core
of a single-mode fiber is 8 or 9 μm.
Although single-mode fiber is by far the
predominant fiber for telecommunications,
multimode is used in short-reach applica-
tions, including for data centers and some
other local area networking deployments,
as well as for numerous specialized appli-
cations not for telecom, such as medical
uses, imaging and some illumination.
Multimode is not cheaper than single-mode fiber. However, the inexpensive
LEDs or vertical-cavity surface-emitting
lasers (VCSELs) and detectors used to
power it are generally less expensive than
its single-mode fiber counterparts.
Multimode fiber has a number of uses,
including in military transport to provide
internal communications in planes and
ships, sending telemetry, data and telecommunications. Multimode fiber also
may be used in tactical military applica-
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