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Sumitomo Electric launches 3456-fibre ribbon cables

Sumitomo Electric Industries has released a new series of ultra-high-fibre-count ribbon cables to meet the growing need for high fibre density in data centres. The new cables are available in fibre counts of 1152, 1728, and 3456.

The highest-fibre-count cable accommodates 3456 fibres in an outer diameter of 34mm while withstanding bending in any direction, and thus allows for easy installation in a 2-inch duct space.

The company's pliable ribbon technology enables the 12-fiber ribbon to easily conform to small diameters and to be spliced with a conventional 12-fiber mass fusion splicer. The new cables feature a slotted configuration for easy handling and quick fibre identification.

The cables are available in two types: with a steel strength member or an all-dielectric strength member in the centre of the cable.

Also featured is a dry water-blocking tape that eliminates the cleaning and blocking preparation associated with standard gel-filled cables. The use of a completely dry cable speeds up overall installation, termination, and splicing while significantly saving customers' time and costs, according to Sumitomo.

Sumitomo Electric will be exhibiting the new cables at the BICSI Fall Conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas on 11–15 September, and DatacenterDynamics Europe in London on 1–2 November.

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