To handle the bandwidth demands of today and the future, network operators must continuously search for innovations that allow them to reduce the cost of building optical networks while delivering ever-increasing capacity for growing data demands.
Created in collaboration with our parent company, Fujikura, SpiderWeb Ribbon® (SWR®) consists of 12 single fibers intermittently bonded to form a collapsible interwoven ribbon structure designed to allow flexible cable movement in any direction.
This innovative approach allows for highly efficient ribbon termination for mass-fusion splicing with the ability to be broken out into single fibers for individual splicing if desired. SWR® also reduces cable diameter and weight, perfect for deployment in ultra-high fiber count indoor and outdoor applications, resulting in lower installation costs and major improvements in space utilization of cable pathways and ducts.
There are cable constructions that use SWR ® technology from 24 to 6912 fibers. When using high-fiber count cables, finding the right fiber bundle or ribbon to splice is easy. Fibers are bundled with a color-coded wrap, and each ribbon is ring marked. Having to look for the right fiber to connect is a simple and straight-forward process.
In addition to reducing installation time and cost, SWR® also improves network latency on long fiber runs. This is because up to twice the amount of cable can be wound on to a drum in comparison to single fiber cables of the same fiber density. Longer runs means fewer connection points.
SWR® is transforming how data centers are deploying their network infrastructure inside and outside of the data center. It maximizes fiber counts and facilitates network speeds of today (400Gb/s) and tomorrow (800Gb/s and 1.6Tb/s), minimizes deployment time and space utilization in ducts and raceways, and simplifies network deployment and expansion.