Corning showcases end-to-end fibre solutions at FTTX Council Africa 2018 Conference


Corning Incorporated will showcase how its strategic innovations, investments, and collaborations reduce deployment costs for network operators Sept. 10-12 at the FTTX Council Africa 2018 Conference in Durban, South Africa.

In booth G01, Corning will highlight innovations across the company’s end-to-end portfolio that deliver connectivity to every edge of the network. Corning experts will discuss key advancements in connectivity solutions, among them the additions from the recent acquisition of substantially all of the Communication Markets Division from 3M Company.

“The rapid growth in data volumes across Africa require fixed/mobile convergence. Our acquisition of 3M’s fibre-to-the-home business and high-bandwidth products will enhance the optical solutions we provide customers, while increasing deployment speed and network capability,” said Rufus Andrew, business development director, Africa, Corning. “At the FTTX Council Africa, we will demonstrate how to extend fibre-based services to the people and businesses who need them the most.”

Among the product innovations Corning will highlight at FTTX Council Africa 2018:

  • Hardened OptiTap® and OptiTip® connectors, designed for use in the network access and drop cable portions of a preconnectorized network. Used alone or integrated into hardware products, these connectors make installations faster, easier, and less costly.
  • MiniXtend® HD cable with binderless* FastAccess® technology, Corning’s highest-density micro-cable, features Corning® SMF-28® Ultra 200 fibre and delivers fibre counts up to 288. MiniXtend HD cable is up to 20 percent smaller than standard micro cables, addressing the need for virtually unlimited bandwidth capacity and relieving network duct congestion.
  • The Clear Track Fibre Pathway, which enables gigabit broadband delivery via virtually invisible fibre infrastructure for inside residences as well as multi-dwelling unit hallway applications. Clear Track Fibre Pathways enable fast and easy installation with minimal disruption for tenants. There are no interior or exterior corner pieces or other visual disruptors, making the fibre installation aesthetically pleasing and barely noticeable.

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* Corning’s Binderless FastAccess Technology refers to the combination of an innovative jacket with state-of-the-art technology used to bind cable construction through the manufacturing process, eliminating the use of binder yarns and water-blocking tapes.

About Corning Incorporated

Corning ( is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science, with a more than 165-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.