Corning announced the development of a new optical fiber-based technology that solves an historic technical challenge for telecommunications carriers installing fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks. For years, providers have been struggling against a deficiency in fiber optic cable which causes the pipe to vent light when bent or curved, or lose it entirely if twisted too far.
“We have developed an optical fiber cable that is as rugged as copper cable but with all of the bandwidth benefits of fiber. By making fundamental changes in the way light travels in the fiber, we were able to create a new optical fiber that is over 100 times more bendable than standard fibers.”
Corning’s breakthrough is based on a nano structures optical fiber design that allows the cabled fiber to be bent around very tight corners with virtually no signal loss. Corning’s propaganda states that this technology performs 100 times better than standard single mode fiber.