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October 23, 2008

UAE Telecom Operator Deploys Corning's Ultra-Low-Loss Optical Fiber

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

du, the United Arab Emirates’s (UAE) new integrated telecommunications service provider, has announced it will deploy Corning (News - Alert) SMF-28 ULL optical fiber as the foundation of its Pan-Emirates, high-capacity network.
Corning is a manufacturer of keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. The company said that du is the first telecom operator in the Middle East to deploy this sophisticated fiber.
The construction of the network has already begun and is expected to be completed by 2010. Corning Cable Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Corning Incorporated has been contracted to provide the cable.
Spanning the seven Emirates, this new network will support du’s fast growing business, 3G cellular and fiber-to-the-home customers, with seamless, high-speed connectivity as well as link du’s network with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Corning’s officials explain that iSMF-28 ULL fiber can deliver the bandwidth required today and can also be upgraded to even higher data rates, such as 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s) per channel and more.
du aims to build a high-capacity fiber cable that can generate terabits of traffic for du customers, and this will be state of the art for long-haul network applications, according to Osman Sultan, chief executive officer, du.
By using Corning’s SMF-28 ULL fiber as the foundation of their network, du will be able to deliver seamless, high-data capacity over longer distances for customers with a superior level of security, reliability and upgradeability that sets a new standard for the region.
Martin J. Curran, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber (News - Alert) pointed out that long-haul, high-capacity networks like the Pan-Emirates network du is building require the ability to construct long spans while also supporting very high data rates.
Corning’s SMF-28 ULL fiber provides that unique solution and the company is proud to be working with du as they deploy this innovative and advanced telecommunications network.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi