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OFS unveils AccuRiser indoor/ outdoor ribbon cable

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OFS announces the availability of AccuRiser indoor/outdoor ribbon cable designed to enables more cost-effective and faster installation of connections between data centres and other buildings that require high-fibre-count, flame rated cables

Typical approaches to deploying fibre-optic cable from the outdoors into a building interior can be time consuming and require extensive interconnecting hardware. The US National Electric Code (NEC) (Article 770.48) requires that unlisted, outside plant (OSP) fibre-optic cables be terminated within 50 feet of a building entrance, and then spliced to a suitable NEC flame-rated cable. This limitation requires that a building entrance terminal be installed, and a splice made before the cable can be deployed to locations inside the building.

AccuRiser indoor/outdoor cable allows engineers and technicians to bypass the building entrance terminal and route the cable directly to where it is needed. The gel-free construction of the AccuRiser cable also has the benefit of helping to reduce cable preparation time for splicing. Technicians can open and prepare an AccuRiser cable for splicing by up to 90 minutes faster than comparable gel-filled OSP cables.

‘AccuRiser indoor/outdoor cable allows cables to be terminated only as needed, helping to eliminate the costly splicing of OSP cables at the building entrance,’ says Dan Hendrickson, senior product manager, premises cable for OFS. ‘This capability also frees up limited space and helps to save on time, a factor that is essential to efficient installation.’

Ideally suited for data centre interconnect applications, the AccuRiser cable supports meets the demands of the outdoor route between buildings while providing the fire rating needs of indoor installations. The high fibre count of the AccuRiser cable, ranging from 288—864 fibres, also allows a single product to be used for campus installations by eliminating the need for multiple runs of smaller fibre count cables.

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