Novel Optical Fiber Cable with Small Cable Diameter Employing Rollable 20-Fiber Ribbons

Kazuo HOGARI  Yusuke YAMADA  Kunihiro TOGE  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E93-B   No.9   pp.2433-2435
Publication Date: 2010/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E93.B.2433
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Optical Fiber for Communications
Keyword: 
optical fiber,  optical fiber cables,  optical fiber losses,  optical access network,  

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Summary: 
This letter proposes novel optical fiber cables with extremely small cable diameter that employs rollable 20-fiber ribbons, which will improve fiber ribbon and cable productivity compared with optical fiber cable employing rollable 4-fiber ribbons. We fabricated the cables and investigated its feasibility in terms of high-count compactness, cable productivity, fiber strain induced by cable bending, optical loss characteristics and capacity for mass splicing. As a result, we confirmed the excellence of these cables and their fiber splicing workability.