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AFL Introduces Optical Ground Wire for the Renewables Market

Spartanburg, SC – August 26, 2014 – AFL is adding to its Optical Ground Wire product line by introducing Renewables-Optimized Optical Ground Wire (OPGW), an aerial fiber optic cable designed specifically for the renewables market. The Renewables-Optimized OPGW allows for greater ease and flexibility in installation timelines while providing excellent electrical and mechanical properties. Read more…

AFL Offers WDM900 Lightwave Test Set with CWDM Capability

Spartanburg, SC – August 26, 2014 – AFL announces it now offers the WDM900 Lightwave Test Set with both CWDM and DWDM test capability from a single port. Initially launched with DWDM capability only, the WDM900 simplifies in-service testing of DWDM and CWDM access networks that support cellular backhaul, metro Ethernet and CATV/broadband services.

“The WDM900 was designed with field use in mind and provides the perfect alternative to deploying an OSA into the field for testing or troubleshooting,” commented Lee Kellett, director of product marketing. “The unit tests CWDM and DWDM from a single port, so technicians can test mixed networks and know they will get the right results every time.” Read more…

AFL Introduces FOCIS Flex Fiber Optic Connector Inspection System

Spartanburg, SC – August 25, 2014 – AFL expanded its connector inspection product line by launching FOCIS Flex—a self-contained, tether-free, compact and handheld connector inspection probe. At the click of a button, FOCIS Flex auto-focuses, captures, centers and analyzes end-face images to easily display, transfer or store pass/fail results within seconds.

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AFL Introduces Higher Density Sub-unitized MicroCore® 3.0

Spartanburg, SC – August 5, 2014 – AFL is launching its newest addition to the Premise MicroCore product line, Sub-unitized Premise MicroCore 3.0. Ideal for data centers, central offices and other high performance applications, MicroCore 3.0 provides greater fiber density in a compact and easy to manage 3.0 mm frame. By utilizing a 24-fiber loose tube design, MicroCore 3.0 can house up to 288 fibers while maintaining a flexible form, thereby optimizing space in a new or existing routing infrastructure. Read more…

Light Brigade® Introduces High-speed Fiber Optic Systems Training DVD

Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SC – July 23, 2014 – The Light Brigade, AFL’s education and training division, introduces its newest menu-based staff training DVD titled, “High-speed Fiber Optic Systems.” The DVD examines the rapid improvement of spectral efficiency within the fiber optic system and addresses how advanced modulation formats work to help meet the demand for higher speed data transmission. Read more…

AFL Associates Receive 2013 Fujikura President’s Award for LAZERMaster Technology

Spartanburg, SC – May 29, 2014 – Several AFL associates were awarded the 2013 Fujikura President’s Award for the LZM-100 LAZERMaster, the world’s first fully automated glass processing and splicing system that utilizes CO2 laser technology. An annual award provided by Fujikura, AFL’s parent company, this honor recognizes Fujikura group companies or departments for outstanding achievement in the development of new products or processes. Read more…

Light Brigade and USTelecom Partner to Offer Network Engineering and Outside Plant Training

Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SC – May 6, 2014 – Light Brigade, AFL’s education and training division, and USTelecom, the nation’s premiere trade association representing service providers and suppliers for the telecom industry, are partnering to offer fiber optic delivery training encompassing network engineering and outside plant (OSP). Read more…

AFL Launches New Videos for Fujikura 12S and 12R Fusion Splicers

Spartanburg, SC – April 30, 2014 – AFL released new promotional videos for the Fujikura 12S Single Fiber Splicer and Fujikura 12R Ribbon Splicer. The new videos demonstrate unique product aspects in detail utilizing three dimensional digital replicas of each splicer. This technology allows for the simulation of the splicer’s uses and features. Read more…

AFL Introduces High-Efficiency Stockbridge Vibration Damper

Spartanburg, SC – AFL is launching a high-efficiency Dissipator Stockbridge vibration damper, a motion control attachment that provides significant performance improvement over traditional dampers. The new Stockbridge vibration damper features a unique offset bell-shaped weight configuration that doubles the number of resonant frequencies. This provides more consistent efficiency performance over the Aeolian frequency span and eliminates damage caused by Aeolian vibration. Read more…

AFL Completes Acquisition of Tier2

Spartanburg, SC – AFL announces it has acquired Tier2 Technologies, an Alberta, Canada-based fiber construction services firm. Tier2 will join the AFL portfolio expanding the company’s offering of telecommunications services. Tier2 provides consulting, engineering, project management, construction, splicing and testing services to the telecommunications industry with a focus on FTTx, transport and industrial networks. Tier2 offers its services across Canada and the United States. Read more…

AFL Introduces HiTUC High Temperature Universal Compound for Filler and Pad-to-Pad Connections

Spartanburg, SC – AFL is launching a High Temperature Universal Compound (HiTUC) that can be used as a filler compound on high-temp compression accessories and pad-to-pad connections. Designed to withstand the increased operating temperatures of high temperature/low sag conductors, HiTUC is ideal for dead ends, joints, terminals, tee taps and jumper connectors. Read more…

Light Brigade® and FTTH Council Asia-Pacific Join for FTTx Training

Tukwila, WA – April 2, 2014 – Light Brigade, AFL’s education and training division, has been endorsed by FTTH Council Asia-Pacific to enhance fiber-to-the-home (FTTx) training programs in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. The training initiative will improve workforce skills, productivity and FTTH uptake through FTTH training in the region. Through this partnership, Light Brigade will build student confidence by providing trainees with access to the professional level FTTx training necessary to support the region’s telecommunication networks. Read more…

AFL announces industry leaders join forces to deliver robust air-blown fiber optic cabling systems

Two of the world’s most innovative companies, AFL and Dura‑Line, have brought air-jetted cabling solutions to the 21st century. The result is a high-performance, air-blown fiber optic cabling solution for the enterprise market. Known as eABF™, this reliable, easy-to-install optical fiber network communications infrastructure offers the highest fiber density solution available today giving the customer the greatest return-on-invest available for an air-blown fiber physical network.

The eABF system centers on some of the newest fiber optic technologies available for air-blown fiber installations: the eABF cables and connectivity from AFL and the enterprise FuturePath® system from Dura-Line.

The eABF cable component is the first of its kind for enterprise-based air-blown fiber applications. The cable is a stand-alone, Telcordia GR-409 compliant construction with riser (OFNR) and plenum (OFNP) flame rating. In addition, the cable features a broad operating temperature range and water-blocking making suitable for indoor/outdoor duct installations. The high-drag, low-friction jacketing system allows the cable to be jetted over long distances covering most enterprise campus applications. The cable is available in fiber counts from 6 through 48 fibers with all fiber types including SMF, OM2, OM3 and OM4 employing bend-insensitive fiber (BIF) technology.

The eABF cable is designed for use in Dura-Line’s Enterprise FuturePath® system. The eABF Micro-duct options include indoor/outdoor riser, plenum, armored, low-smoke zero halogen (LSZH) and OSP products. All FuturePath® micro-ducts incorporate Dura-Line’s exclusive low-contact ribbed inner surface and ultra-low friction Silicore® lining. Network designers can choose from two through 24-Micro-duct tube counts, and leverage an upgradeable physical pathway with the highest fiber density available in an enterprise air-blown fiber configuration. The rapid deployment and expansion capability exceeds 1,150-fibers in a single duct.

Source: AFL

AFL introduces new NOYES® Contractor Series OTDRs

OTDRs Target Metro/Access and PON Troubleshooting

Spartanburg, SC and Lowell, MA – August 28, 2012
AFL is introducing a new family of Contractor Series handheld OTDRs enabling cost-effective troubleshooting of FTTx PONs and point-to-point metro/access networks. The new CS260 OTDR family offers two models:

CS260-10 FTTx PON Activation and Troubleshooting OTDR: 1625 nm Live PON OTDR providing 35 dB dynamic range, best-in-class 0.8 m event and 3.5 m attenuation dead zones, integrated PON power meter and Visual Fault Locator (VFL).

CS260-20 Metro/Access Troubleshooting OTDR: 1310/1550 OTDR with 28 dB dynamic range, 0.8 m event and 3.5 m attenuation dead zones plus integrated Visual Fault Locator.

“A large number of network operators utilize contractors to install and verify new metro and broadband access networks, including Fiber-to-the-Home PONs,” explains Michael Scholten, senior product marketing manager for AFL’s NOYES Test and Inspection division. “Those same network operators often don’t want to subcontract customer-facing network activation and maintenance tasks. These operators must equip their direct staff to verify signal levels at the subscriber, install and activate premise equipment, and troubleshoot any problems.”

The CS260-10 and CS260-20 are purpose-built for optical network activation and troubleshooting tasks. With its integrated PON power meter, the CS260-10 enables technicians to verify PON power levels at an FTTx PON ONU or ONT. If downstream signals are absent or power is too low, the CS260-10′s 1625 nm Live PON OTDR allows a technician to scan the network from the ONU/ONT or a network access point to locate fiber faults such as macro-bends, breaks, poor splices and dirty or damaged connectors. The live PON OTDR utilizes an out-of-band 1625 nm wavelength to prevent disruption to the 1310, 1490 and 1550 nm signals present on an in-service PON.

The CS260-20 is designed to troubleshoot point-to-point metro/access networks operating in the 1310 and/or 1550 nm wavelength regions. Its short dead zones enable precise location of fiber faults. With 28 dB dynamic range, the CS260-20 can locate faults in networks up to 60 km (40 miles) in length.

CS260s are derivatives of AFL’s popular OFL280 and FLX380 FlexTester families and offer the same ease-of-use, high-contrast indoor/outdoor display and over 12 hours of continuous battery operation. Both models also include an integrated VFL (visible red laser) designed to visually pinpoint the location of macro-bends or breaks in splice closures, access terminals and splitter cabinets.

CS260 OTDR results may be saved in industry-standard .SOR files and uploaded to PC via the built-in USB interface. Windows-compatible TRM® Test Results Manager software is supplied with the CS260s to support trace review, batch editing and professional test report generation.

To learn more, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

Contact
Mike Scholten
Sr. Product Marketing Manager
978.455.9213
Michael.Scholten@AFLglobal.com

Corie Culp
PR Manager
864.433.5409
Corie.Culp@AFLglobal.com

Source: AFL

AFL Signs Caspian as Authorised Distributor for Kazakhstan

AFL, a leading manufacturer of fibre optic cable, has secured Caspian Telecommunications Projects LLP (CTP) as an authorized distributor of AFL products. CTP is one of the foremost providers of fibre optic cable solutions to mining companies, the oil and gas industries and power utilities in Kazakhstan.

“Having a partner of the quality and calibre of Caspian represent our products allows us to reach new customers with customised fibre optic solutions in Kazakhstan,” said Steve Maederer, commercial director for AFL. “And knowing how Caspian invests in training their staff, we are certain that their customers will liaise with knowledgeable engineers who will offer the most cost-effective solution for their projects.”

CTP and AFL have already completed more than 50 km of aerial optical cable installation in Kazakhstan consisting of SkyWrap® and accessories.

“Our partnership with AFL helps to expand our position in Kazakhstan and enables us to offer the highest quality fibre optic cable and accessories to our customers,” said Artem Sigutin, project manager for Caspian. “We are excited about our future prospects with AFL and with our customers.”

Caspian Telecommunications Projects, a rapidly developing company in the region, maintains an outstanding reputation owing to the considerable experience of its projects team who are at the forefront of innovation and supply high quality outcomes for their customers.

About AFL

AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fibre optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

About Caspian Telecommunications Projects

Caspian Telecommunications Projects provide integrated telecommunication systems to customers in Kazakhstan; from design and engineering, through production and delivery, to service and consulting.

Source: AFL

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