OptiRibbon cable – faster splicing inside your data centers

Written by 

Joel Walser

Product Manager 

Splicing fiber inside data centers is a solid, cost-effective method for delivering fiber optic expansion, without the need for pre-determined cables. In order to perform this task, operators need to rely on skilled technicians, but due to the current shortage of these means attempts to deliver fast and reliable connections have been hindered. 

Even if technicians are available, the task of splicing the cables can be time-consuming. To ensure greater time and cost savings, operators are now turning to alternative solutions, such as ribbon fibers. These come in a range of types - including flat and flexible options – to suit all data center requirements.

An attractive alternative for operators

Flat ribbon or ribbon fibers enable multiple fibers to be arranged side-by-side on the same flat plane, with each ribbon containing between 4 to 24 fibers. The use of ribbon cables empowers operators to carry out bulk fusion splicing, where each 12 fiber ribbon can be spliced in a single, straightforward process.

Flexible ribbon fiber

Flexible ribbon fibers give operators the means to enable the same bulk fusion splicing capabilities found through traditional flat ribbons, but these can ensure greater weight savings and a reduction of the cable’s outer diameter. This is due to the ribbon’s flexible, mesh-like structure, making them a perfect option for operators where space is in short supply.

Splice three times faster with OptiRibbon

To ensure operators can get the most out of their ribbons, HUBER+SUHNER has combined the best double jacket cable for data center with flexible ribbon fibers  to create the OptiRibbon cable. Used to connect customer equipment found on the whitespace, customers using the solution can now splice up to 66.7% faster than traditional data center cabling, breaking down the barriers for fiber optic expansion and accelerating the installation significantly. 

The OptiRibbon cable therefore gives installers the means to splice more cables and attend to a higher number of data centers on a day-to-day basis, counteracting the shortage of a skilled workforce.

Benefits of OptiRibbon

The OptiRibbon’s flexible, round and small-size cables have an outer diameter of 4.0 milimeter for 12 fibers and 4.9 milimeter for 24 fibers. The unique OptiRibbon cable allows for easy installation when handling and routing them in the rack, including cassettes and modules. Installation is made simpler thanks to the solution’s mesh structure, which enables fibers to be pre-sorted by colour. This saves the installer time and nerves.

Compatibility with LISA and IANOS

Fiber Management System (FMS), such as IANOS and LISA from HUBER+SUHNER, are compatible with the OptiRibbon cable, which means operators do not require an overhaul of their existing infrastructure to implement the Ribbon solution. This also leads to significant cost savings. 

The B2ca-rated OptiRibbon double jacket cable comes with 12 or 24 fibers, has pre-sorted colors thanks to its mesh structure and is compatible with the existing Fiber Management Systems (FMS) LISA and IANOS. 

Advantages of a flexible Ribbon fiber

  • Small cable diameter: OptiRibbon-DJ: 12 fibers with 4.0mm diameter or 24 fibers with 4.9mm diameter
  • Pre-sorted fibers: Each string of 12 fibers contains pre-sorted fibers by color due to the mesh structure
  • Enhanced mass-fusion splicing: Up to three times faster compared to single fiber splicing

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Splicing the flexible OptiRibbon with different fiber types provides your data centers full flexibility: Splice flexible fibers, loose fibers, or flat ribbon.Benefit of splicing in 15 minutes instead of 45 minutes! Strip, clean, cleave, fusion, protect, coil 12 fibers in one go.

Cabling scenarios

Inter- connect

Use 24-OptiRibbon in splice-and-go scenarios for inter-connection of tenant’s active equipment on a white space. Due to faster splicing, more permanent links can be installed in the same time as with conventional approach.

Cross connect

Or use the 24-OptiRibbon to provide a connection from the optical distribution frame to further cross-connect¬ed to tenant's edge equipment.