CORNING, NY – Corning Incorporated, a manufacturer of optical fiber, cable, hardware and equipment for telecommunications networks, announced its latest single-mode optical fiber innovation, Corning SMF-28 Ultra fiber. This new single-mode optical fiber combines the benefits of industry-leading attenuation and improved macrobend performance in one fiber.

Designed for high performance across the range of long-haul, metro, access, and FTTH network applications, this new optical fiber is fully backward compatible with the installed base of legacy single-mode optical fibers.

“SMF-28 Ultra fiber changes the game when it comes to choosing the right single-mode fiber for your network. Previously, network operators had to choose whether to improve the attenuation or macrobend performance but now they can have both,” said Barry Linchuck, Corning Optical Fiber’s division vice president and director, worldwide marketing. “This unique combination is made possible through revolutionary process innovations developed by Corning that deliver lower attenuation and improved macrobend performance with no design trade-offs.”

The improved attenuation of SMF-28 Ultra fiber provides additional margin that can be used to extend spans, lengthen the distance between regenerators, increase the allowable number of cable-cuts, or allow for the broader use of pre-connectorized solutions.