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Corning Introduces Field-Installable Connector to Simplify FTTx Deployments


OptiSnap Connector enables fiber optic networks to be installed quickly, cost-effectively

HICKORY, N.C.- Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, introduces the OptiSnap™ Connector, a field-installable no-epoxy, no-polish connector that enables quick and cost-effective termination of fiber optic cables.

The OptiSnap Connector installs in less than one minute through the use of Corning Cable Systems’ patented, high-precision mechanical splice technology. It is ideal for single-mode fiber-to-the-x applications, maintenance and restoration of building cable, and MDU applications where installation setup and teardown time is critical.

The installation system features an on-tool patented go/no-go feedback signal to confirm installation is performed correctly every time. When the fiber is inserted and the cam activated, a pass/fail light on the installation tool signals that the installation was successful.

The connector’s factory-polished ceramic ferrule provides superior end-face geometry, ensuring consistently low insertion loss and high-performance return loss. The OptiSnap Connector is available in single-mode SC, ST and LC connector styles and features a typical insertion loss of 0.2 dB for UPC versions and 0.4 dB for APC versions.

The OptiSnap Connector Installation Tool Kit contains everything needed for installation of the different connector styles. No epoxy, polishing film or other consumables are required, and there is no need for electrical power for ovens or lights. The tool kit requires virtually no set-up or tear down time, allowing installers to get in and out of installation sites quickly. It is available with either a high-precision flat or angled cleaver to provide the connector reflectance performance for a variety of applications.

The OptiSnap™ Connector will be featured in Corning Cable Systems’ booth (#4440) at NXTcomm 2007, June 19-21 in Chicago.

Through its Evolant® Solutions for Access Networks, Corning Cable Systems offers specialized portfolios of innovative products and services that enable customers to cost-effectively deploy fiber in the last mile. For additional information on the OptiSnap Connector or any other Corning Cable Systems product or service, contact a customer service representative at 1-800-743-2675, toll free in the United States, or (+1) 828-901-5000, international, or visit


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