The phrase, “need for speed,” is often associated with a
certain movie. It is also a true statement in the current environment multi-service
operators (MSO) are facing in keeping up with their customers’ bandwidth demands.
Cloud computing, the Internet of Things and streaming video all contribute to the
need for increased speed and bandwidth. All of this is driving new next-generation
networks that are changing the landscape of traditional hybrid
fiber coax (HFC) and passive optical networks (PON).
Some of the network applications which support these networks
include business class services like Metro E, node+0 (fiber
deep) and Remote
PHY. One thing they all have in common is increased fiber demand. This means
pushing fiber deeper through installation of additional fiber optic cables, and
perhaps most importantly, an increased utilization of wavelength
division multiplexing (WDM) technology and products.
CLICK TO TWEET: Do you have a need for speed in your network? Get the benefits of iFOSC from CommScope.
CommScope continues to be a leader in developing and supplying
our MSO partners with new innovative products to support both the inside plant
head-end as well as the outside plant. One such product that speaks to
innovation and reduced costs in support of WDM applications is our iFOSC
(integrated WDM fiber optic splice closure). The foundation of an iFOSC is a
FOSC 450B or 450D OSP splice closure along with a factory-assembled FOSC WDM
tray. The iFOSC is assembled in the factory to our customers’ specifications
based on the network application and WDM design requirements (multiple wavelengths
for BWDM, CWDM or DWDM).
iFOSC benefits include:
- Cost savings – iFOSC can be more cost effective
than individual components assembled in the field.
- Time savings to deploy into the network -
emergency restoration is simplified. The time to build an outside plant splice
closure with WDMs is prohibitive in emergency situations where network downtime
equates to lost revenue.
- Factory-controlled environment - The iFOSC is assembled
in a factory environment eliminating the lack of consistency, which may be
found in other outside plant closures configured and built by different people in
- Color-coded - iFOSC is easily identified by
reflective color-coded tape (by application) at the base.
We’re excited about this new item to add to our
customers’ portfolio. If you have a need for speed, or wish for additional
information on CommScope’s iFOSC, leave a comment here or contact our technical