Draka Updates Bendbright

Draka Comteq continues its leadership in bend insensitive cables for FTTx applications

November 27, 2007

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CLAREMONT, N.C. -- Draka Comteq announces the availability of Bendbright®XS with industry exclusive Colorlock®XS technology in all of its cable constructions. Bendbright® was introduced in 2005 as the standard fiber in all Draka Comteq drop cables and Colorlock®XS is the latest enhancement to a bend insensitive product line that has led the industry for over two years. The success of Draka Comteq’s cables in solving the technical challenges for carriers installing FTTx networks was highlighted by AT&T’s “2005 Supplier Innovator of the Year Award”, given to Draka Comteq on the strength of it’s ezDrop™ cable product design, which features the Bendbright® fiber.

Draka Comteq followed up the success of the original Bendbright® introduction a year later with the release of Bendbright®XS in 2006. “Judging from the marketing efforts and expense incurred by competing fiber cable manufacturers to introduce bend-insensitive products at the recent FTTH Show in Orlando, a year after Draka’s BendBright®XS introduction, it appears that we are not only on the right track with our product innovation but that our newest version featuring Colorlock®XS will sustain our leadership in this area,” said Tony Valentino, Vice President of Sales for Draka Comteq Americas.

Unlike other fibers recently introduced to the market, BendBright®XS is the first and only all-glass fiber on the market that meets and exceeds the stringent ITU-T G.657.B bending requirements while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing single mode fibers, meeting ITU-T G.652.D. It does this by using industry accepted materials and technology resulting in no issues or special procedures being needed for splicing or connectorization.

ColorLock®XS increases the lead over the competition by improving the micro-bending performance of BendBright®XS fiber. Colorlock® was first introduced over a decade ago and uses a patented technology to color the fibers during the draw process. With the colors actually integrated in the fiber coating they are guaranteed not to wear, maintaining clarity and vibrancy throughout the lifetime of the fiber. More importantly, Draka fiber is the only optical fiber in the world proof tested after coloring. Fibers which are proof tested prior to the fiber coloring process raises questions about true fiber lifetime after coloration. “With more and more discussions of reduced bend radius fiber storage we think that Draka Comteq clearly has the best lifetime performance, bar none, in the optical fiber industry,” states Phil Edwards, President and CEO of Draka’s global fib er operations.

Draka Holding NV (Amsterdam: DRAK.AS)

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