Corning Extends its Optical Fiber Network to South Africa

Corning, a global optical fiber provider has declared that South Africa-based FibreCo Telecommunications will incorporate Corning optical fiber in its new long-distance, ultra-high-speed fiber optic network in South Africa.

The optical fiber cable includes SMF-28e+ LL as well as LEAF optical fibers of Corning. FibreCo’s Phase 1 construction commenced following a 2,000-km link between Johannesburg and Cape Town, linking Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, and East London. As part of this project, additional routes will be constructed for better network redundancy and resilience. The project’s total distance spans 12,000 km.

According to FibreCo CEO, Arif Hussain, Corning optical fiber has been an integral component in this project. With submarine optical cables enabling South Africa to easily access other international countries, there is increasing demand for terrestrial fiber capacity. This versatile network will provide South Africa with the essential high-speed capacity. In addition, its customers can use this service to achieve simple and efficient upgrade in their networks to higher data rates, eliminating the need for fiber re-installation.

South Africa sees its first deployment of SMF-28e+ LL fiber that provides a unique integration of low polarization mode dispersion (PMD) and low attenuation values with ITU G.652.D-compliant performance, contributing to extended reach and spans. Furthermore, this SMF-28e+ LL fiber facilitates further repair margin, crucial during damage in fiber.

The extensively used, non-zero dispersion shifted LEAF fiber possesses lowest attenuation and considerable effective area of any ITU-T G.655-compatible optical fiber. It allows development of networks from the current 10 Gb/s to the 40 Gb/s and the next generation 100 Gb/s systems.

Following its construction commencement in April, the first link of FibreCo network will be completed by 2013.


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