Naficon cuts no corners

Quality has a price, but not as high as the eventual cost of cut-rate cabling solutions

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Naficon cuts no corners Laine: Rising demand in bandwidth can only be accommodated by utilising more fibre optics solutions.
By  David Ndichu Published  July 27, 2015

Naficon is working to bring its products closer to the Middle Eastern market as it rolls out its optic fibre assembly plant in Dubai.

This comes as demand for high quality fibre optic cabling solutions rises in the region.

According to Jussi Laine, managing director of Finland-headquartered Naficon, the plant will be located at Umm Ramool, in AL Rashidiya and will be set up beginning in September 2015. 

Naficon Cable manufactures fibre optic solutions such as pigtails and patchcords, cable assemblies and preinstalled modules. Laine says Naficon`s products are known for their high quality. “Our are not cheapest,” he says, adding, “but customers can sleep you night when using Naficon`s products knowing their networks are working optimally working now and in the future.”

Products include pigtails available as single, 6 piece and 12 piece colour sets at standard lengths of2m and 3.5m. Patchcords are offered in simplex (FMS 1SMT), duplex (FMS 2SMT) or oval duplex (FMMS 2SMT) capable of withstanding temperatures of 40 degrees below freezing. The NAF19 range is a 19 inches cross connect cabinet, including a 2000mm high cabinet that can hold 42 panels/2016 slots (42U) and a 2200mm high cabinet capable of accommodating 46 panels/2208 slots (46U) with detachable rear and side walls.

The NAF1000 is Naficon’s range of cross connect cabinets. These come with exterior dimensions of 600x300x2000/2200 mm (WxDxH). The 2000mm high cabinet can hold 18 panels/ 952 slots while the 2200mm high cabinet can hold 20 panels/ 980 slots. The rear and side walls of the cabinets are detachable and are also available without doors or with lock. The panels assemblies are available with 2-48 SC connectors and 2-96 LC connectors and can be equipped with pigtails or cable.

Naficon’s range of cable assemblies (cables that have connectors attached to both ends) come with fibre count of between 2 and 96. The connectors are protected by a protective tube, with a diameter of between 23 and 37mm, which also serves as a pulling eye during installation. The cable assemblies can be installed indoor and outdoor.

All these products are currently manufactured at Naficon’s plant in Finland, Laine says.

The future of the cabling industry is very encouraging, Laine observes. Social media and video streaming are growing exponentially which translates into greater demand for faster data speeds. “Increased demand for faster data transfer speeds means higher bandwidth requirements from the network. Today, this can be achieved only by utilising more fibre optics solutions,” Laine says.

With a lot of these online interactions now happening over wireless networks, including at the enterprise level with BYOD, it’s easy to imagine cabling losing its place in the enterprise network. Hardly, says Laine. “When there is more traffic for example in offices’ Wi-Fi, the greater need for better cables behind the modems and routers,” he adds.

This huge growth of data transfer and that way the need of higher bandwidth means also that the quality of components in cable network is much more important, Laine observes. “You can build up the network with cheap products, but then after a year or two, you have to rebuild it again because of poor quality. This is not wise when you are building up futures network, especially now that you need to provision for increase in bandwidth,” he adds.  

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