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CommScope lauds adoption of new optical fibre cable standard

The performance specifications of the Telecommunications Industry Association’s new TIA-492AAAD standard reflect those of CommScope’s SYSTIMAX LazrSPEED 550—the same fiber solution that has been deployed in local area network and data center applications around the world since 2003. In addition, an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) subcommittee is revising its multimode fiber standard for its fourth edition to add equivalent specifications.

“We are extremely pleased that the specifications of the emerging OM4 standards reflect those of our LazrSPEED 550 fiber solution and that those same standards will help guide future network applications standards that shape the data communications industry,” said Ciaran Forde, Managing Director, CommScope Enterprise Solutions. “CommScope’s offerings are designed to meet and exceed standards years ahead of standardization, providing customers with solutions that support both current and future applications. Choosing a SYSTIMAX offering with LazrSPEED 550 cabling provides confidence in network connectivity through quality, performance, reliability and longer-term applications support to extend the life of the network and thereby protect customers’ cabling investments.”

For more than five years, CommScope’s LazrSPEED 550, the first OM4 optical fiber solution on the market, has supported the higher speeds and longer distances necessary to enable the latest data center and LAN applications for customers. LazrSPEED 550 has been installed at hospitals, corporate campuses, stadiums, universities, resort-style hotels and casinos, government and office buildings, and by any customer seeking the advantage of high-performance network infrastructure solutions that enable mission-critical, high-bandwidth and emerging applications. These same customers will continue to benefit as their cabling infrastructures seamlessly meet the emerging standards.

LazrSPEED 550 multimode fiber is ideal for new installations as it maximizes the reach and utility of low-cost multimode optical fiber applications from 1 Gbps to 100 Gbps. LazrSPEED 550 expands design possibilities by reallocating the available optical power budget, freeing up power otherwise needed for bandwidth penalties, to maximize support for all the current and emerging multimode Ethernet, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand applications. In recognition of its capabilities, the OM4 standard is now referenced within the draft standards for 40G/100G Ethernet and 16-Gigabit Fibre Channel.

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