Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Introduces New Flexible 4th Level Data Center and Network Plenum and Riser Ribbon Cables with

  Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Introduces New Flexible 4th Level Data Center
  and Network Plenum and Riser Ribbon Cables with Patented Easy Split and Peel

Business Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- December 10, 2013

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (, a major leader in the
development and manufacturing of optical fiber and connectivity solutions
announces the introduction of its new flexible all-dielectric Indoor-Outdoor
Riser, Indoor Riser, and Indoor Plenum ribbon cables for faster installation,
easier connectivity, and space savings required by high density networks in
the migration from 10 Gb/s to 40 and 100Gb/s. The new cables expand the 4^th
Level data center and network solutions product line for its integrated,
end-to-end optical fiber infrastructure product offerings.

Prompted by the growing need to upgrade an existing data center or network
infrastructure quickly, efficiently, and most cost effectively with immediate
scalability to meet growing bandwidth and transmission speeds, Sumitomo
Electric Lightwave designed the cables to allow for fast twelve fiber mass
fusion splicing, quicker and easier cable entry, and faster fiber access
through easy-peel ribbon technology. The patented Easy Split and Peel ribbon
design, a key differentiating factor, eliminates the needs for special tools,
allowing the installer to peel back the ribbon quickly and easily by hand to
expose the underlying color coded fibers.

The exclusive ribbon design, thereby, increases the speed with which the
number of fibers can be either fusion spliced or terminated with MPO splice-on
connectors for real-time and on-site cable builds. The ribbon cables test
equally well with all splice-on connector types and all conventional industry
standard connectors.

Development engineers at Sumitomo Electric Lightwave uphold the position that,
when ribbon cable is coupled with mass fusion splicing and MPO splice-on
connectivity, data center and network managers can customize their existing
network infrastructure quickly, easily, and cost effectively, while
simultaneously supporting 10Gb/s today and 40/100 Gb/s tomorrow with an
immediately scalable, already future-proofed optical fiber infrastructure.

Each of the three new cables also feature a non-preferential bend access for
maximum flexibility and bending for easy installation in space constrained
areas, an all dielectric cable construction that eliminates the need for
grounding or bonding, and flexible dielectric strength members for mechanical
durability within a flame retardant jacket. Both the Flexible Indoor Riser and
Flexible Indoor Plenum cables feature a dry central tube design for easy, no
mess, fusion splicing.

“Sumitomo’s expertise and leadership in ribbon fiber control processes and
manufacturing has led us to the development of outstanding data center and
enterprise network ribbon cables,” comments Bill Charuk, 4^th Level product
manager at Sumitomo Electric Lightwave. “Dedicated to continuous innovation,
we continue to strive to bring new and better solutions for our data center
and enterprise network customers, keeping them ahead of the curve of rapid
technology change. “

Both the Flexible Indoor Riser and Indoor-Outdoor Riser rated ribbon cables
meet UL 1666, CSA FT4 and RoHS specifications. The Flexible Indoor Plenum
rated ribbon cables comply with UL 910, all National Electric Code OFNP, RoHS,
and CSA FT-6 requirements. The cables are available in all multimode and
single-mode fiber types including bend insensitive SMF.

About Sumitomo Electric Lightwave: Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL), located
in Research Triangle Park, NC, is a leader in the design, innovation, and
manufacturing of optical fiber and connectivity solutions, including optical
fiber, fiber optic cable, fusion splicers & accessories, field installable
connectors, and its FutureFlex® Air-blown Network Solutions. SEL is a Sumitomo
Electric Group Company, a global leader in the information and communications
industry with over 20 billion in revenue and 200,000 employees worldwide. For
more information, please call 800-358-7378, email,
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Sumitomo Electric Lightwave
Technical Contact:
Bill Charuk, 919-541-8100
Product Manager, 4^th Level Data Center & Network Solutions
Editorial Contact:
Alexandra Manning, 919-541-8383
Marketing Communications Manager
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