Corning to Showcase Optical Fiber Cable Innovation at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference

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Corning to Showcase Optical Fiber Cable Innovation at Optical Networking & Communication Conference

Corning shows optical fiber cable portfolio at OFC

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Corning to Showcase Optical Fiber Cable Innovation at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference
Corning to Showcase Optical Fiber Cable Innovation at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference
CORNING, N.Y. | Corning Incorporated | March 21, 2017

Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) will highlight its latest fiber and cabling innovations at the 2017 Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC), March 21-23, in the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Leveraging its superior cabling knowledge, Corning will feature new ribbon, loose tube, and mini cable products that accelerate cable access, improve safe handling, and offer increased density. These performance attributes are particularly important in addressing the increasingly prevalent conversion to optical solutions in the growth segments such as fiber-to-the-home and data centers.

“Corning has a strong, 40-plus year history of developing and delivering industry-leading fiber and cable innovation. This is driven in large part by our ability to anticipate network trends by working closely with our customers who install networks today that will carry them into the future,” said Dr. Bernhard Deutsch, vice president of product line management, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable, Corning Optical Communications.

“With access to duct space and rights-of-way becoming more difficult to obtain, high-density, low-profile products are increasingly valuable. When you combine quicker and easier installation techniques, these additions are making it simpler than ever before to deliver state-of-the-art, next-generation broadband services to end-users across the globe.” 

In its booth (#2711), Corning will feature the newest enhancements to its award-winning MiniXtend® cable and FastAccess® technology portfolios. Designed for installation in microduct systems using air-assisted installation methods, MiniXtend cables are up to 50 percent smaller than standard loose tube cables and offer high fiber counts in a small footprint.

FastAccess technology is a groundbreaking innovation in cable design which eliminates the use of a binder, waterblocking yarns, and waterblocking tapes. It also enables up to 70 percent faster cable access and reduced risk of buffer tube damage.

Corning will highlight:

  • MiniXtend HD cable with binderless* FastAccess technology, which combines the installation benefits of FastAccess technology in a high-density cable design offering up to 288-fiber capacity. Featuring Corning® SMF-28® Ultra 200 fiber, a 200-micron fiber with a reduced coating diameter, the high-density cable provides increased fiber density to improve the utilization of limited duct space.
  • ALTOS® Lite armored cable with FastAccess technology, marking the first time customers will be able to realize the benefits of FastAccess technology in an armored cable. In addition, a new thin-film shield replaces the traditional cable binders. The armored cable features an outer jacket that can be peeled away by hand to expose the armor protection, which can also be removed quickly and easily. With no need for sharp tools and no binders to cut, not only does ALTOS Lite armored cable with FastAccess technology improve both cable access and safe handling, it also provides up to 25 percent faster end access and 60 percent faster mid-span access than our traditional armored loose tube cable. With this technology, installation time can be cut in half, even with inexperienced installers.
  • SST-UltraRibbon™ cable, with extended fiber counts from 576 to 864, is the industry’s first 864-fiber outdoor central tube ribbon cable with gel-free coupling technology designed for aerial, duct, and direct-buried outside plant applications. This cable design incorporates a dry insert to achieve ribbon coupling, eliminating filling gels that can be difficult to remove and make fiber access and preparation time consuming. Enhanced coupling technology ensures the ribbon stack and cable act as one unit, providing long-term reliability in aerial, duct, and direct-buried applications. In addition, the technology minimizes ribbon movement in situations where cable vibration may occur. With SST-UltraRibbon cable in fiber counts up to 864, customers are able to purchase a single cable for their installation needs, even when coupling is required.

Experience these innovations and more in booth #2177, featuring Corning’s optical fiber and cable products. In addition, Corning solutions for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will be on display in booth #2325.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning’s financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

Digital Media Disclosure

In accordance with guidance provided by the SEC regarding the use of company websites and social media channels to disclose material information, Corning Incorporated (“Corning”) wishes to notify investors, media, and other interested parties that it intends to use its website (http://www.corning.com/worldwide/en/about-us/news-events.html) to publish important information about the company, including information that may be deemed material to investors. The list of websites and social media channels that the company uses may be updated on Corning’s media and website from time to time. Corning encourages investors, media, and other interested parties to review the information Corning may publish through its website and social media channels as described above, in addition to the company’s SEC filings, press releases, conference calls, and webcasts.

About Corning Incorporated

Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.

*Corning’s proprietary binderless FastAccess technology refers to the combination of a Corning FastAccess technology jacket with an innovative technology used to bind cable construction through the manufacturing process, eliminating the use of binder yarns and waterblocking tapes to greatly expedite and de-risk the cable-access procedure.