OFS Unveils First Terrestrial Hollow-Core Fiber Cable for Low Latency Transmission

Posted Mar 19, 2020 by OFS Optics

Designer and manufacturer of optical fiber solutions, OFS has launched AccuCore HCF Optical Fiber Cable, the first terrestrial hollow-core fiber (HCF) cable solution. Light travels about 50% faster in a hollow-core compared to a solid silica core of the conventional optical fiber. Consequently, light transmitted in a hollow-core fiber arrives 1.54 microseconds faster for each kilometer traveled compared with conventional optical fiber.

The AccuCore HCF Optical Fiber Cable solution is based on proven hollow-core fiber technology and includes plenum-rated indoor/outdoor cable and termination with standard connectors, which are fusion-spliced to the patented photonic bandgap hollow-core fiber. OFS also offers installation services and both passive and active component selection to meet customer requirements. The new optical fiber cable has been successfully deployed, carrying live traffic in several networks. The  solution is designed for plug-and-play use, thereby simplifying customer's access to this emerging technology. 

The OFS latest HCF development was presented as a post-deadline paper at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) 2020 held in San Diego. OFC post-deadline papers represent the latest and most advanced technical achievements in the field. The paper reported error-free transmission of direct-detection 10 Gb/s DWDM signals over 3.1 km of cascaded cabled HCF. This is the first time that transmission results in a cabled HCF had been reported.

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