Ofs Announces Verizon Has Selected Its Ez-bend(tm) Optical Technology To Support Mdu Fios Deployment

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OFS Announces Verizon has Selected Its EZ-Bend(TM) Optical Technology to Support MDU FIOS


NORCROSS, Ga., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    New Technology Can Improve Bending Performance by up to 500 times to Help

                 Speed Deployment and Lower Installation Costs

    OFS today announced that Verizon Communications Inc. will be purchasing and installing OFS' EZ-Bend(TM)

multiple dwelling unit (MDU) drop cable in their MDU FIOS applications. OFS' ground-breaking EZ-Bend

Technology will satisfy Verizon's critical need for fast and economical fiber deployments in their MDU installations

by allowing cables to be bent and routed in ways never before feasible using traditional optical drop cables.

    "The benefits of bringing fiber to the MDU were apparent to Verizon with higher bandwidths than copper wiring,"

said William Kloss, OFS Executive VP of Marketing & Sales, North Americas & CALA. "We needed to create a new

technology to make reaching customers faster and more cost effective for Verizon or any service provider

deploying fiber drop cables to apartments and condominiums. The EZ-Bend Technology offers up to a 500-fold

improvement in bending loss performance over conventional single-mode fiber (SMF) type cables under the tight

bends routinely encountered in MDU and in-residence installations. This means the optical signal will not leak in

tight bends so that ultra high speed video, internet, and voice services can be reliably delivered to customers. The

benefit for Verizon and other service providers is lower labor, higher velocity installations to help reach customers

faster with lower cost."

    About EZ-Bend Technology

    OFS' patent pending EZ-Bend Technology is the first which targets MDU applications and provides <0.1 dB/turn

bending loss performance at 1550 nm using a solid glass fiber construction, while being fully splice and

performance compatible with typical installed fibers. The solid glass construction of EZ-Bend technology fiber

enables the use of conventional fusion splicing equipment, conventional connector mounting and conventional

connector cleaning processes. A robust patent pending optical cable design helps protect the optical fiber from

being kinked or crushed.

    A live EZ-Bend Technology demonstration will be featured at the OFS booth #315 at the FTTH Conference &

Expo, September 27th - October 1st 2009 in Houston, Texas.

    About OFS

    OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, optical fiber cable, FTTX, optical

connectivity and specialty photonics products. Our manufacturing and research divisions work together to provide

innovative products and solutions that traverse many different applications as they link people and machines

worldwide. Between continents, between cities, around neighborhoods, and into homes and businesses of digital

consumers we provide the right optical fiber, optical cable and components for efficient, cost-effective transmission.

    OFS' corporate lineage dates back to 1876 and included technology powerhouses such as AT&T and Lucent

Technologies. Today, OFS is owned by Furukawa Electric, a multi-billion dollar global leader in optical


    Headquartered in Norcross (near Atlanta) Georgia, U.S., OFS is a global provider with facilities in Avon,

Connecticut; Carrollton, Georgia; Somerset, New Jersey; and Sturbridge, Massachusetts, as well as in Denmark,

Germany and Russia.


    CONTACT: Sherry Salyer, 

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                       OFS Public Relations,


                       Mobile: +1-678-296-7034, 


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