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February 26, 2009

ADC Intros First Fiber Optic Panel Designed for Broadcasters

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

As the demand for high-definition TV (HDTV) and other high-definition services increases, pressure is mounting on broadcasters to provide higher bandwidth services with improved network efficiency. Optic cables are found to be far more efficient than conventional copper cables in this regard. Several HDTV broadcasters are now migrating from copper infrastructure to optic fiber solutions.
To facilitate this migration, ADC, a provider of connectivity solutions for wireline, wireless, cable, broadcast, and enterprise networks, introduced the new ProPatch Fiber (PPF) Optic Panel, which the company claims as the first product of its kind exclusively targeted for the broadcast industry.
ADC (News - Alert) ProPatch panel is designed to ease network migration within the unique broadcasting infrastructure, officials said. It allows broadcasters to incorporate fiber optic cables to deliver high-definition (HD) services without overhauling their existing architectures.
The ProPatch fiber panel is designed for broadcast-style cabinets. It features a flush-mounting front panel, which doesn't protrude from the rack minimizes accidental physical contact. Also, the panel is fabricated from heavy gauge metal and is tested to military standards, making it suitable for use in extreme conditions. Its unique broadcast architecture complies with the industry best practices.
The ProPatch panel, unlike its conventional predecessors, offers front-facing access for flexibility in crowded locations where rear access is limited. Another important functionality added to the panel is the Sliding Adapter Packs, fiber management trays that allow easy access for connecting jumpers and cleaning connectors without disturbing adjacent fibers. This feature enables broadcasters to deliver uninterrupted service without worrying about signal loss or downtime.
“Mega-event broadcasting of sports events, concerts and other live events are driving the demand for HDTV and other high definition services,” said Dean Rosenthal, market manager of Broadcast and Enterprise Solutions for ADC, in a statement. “That increasing need for more bandwidth is urging many broadcasters to shift away from copper and embrace the efficiency of fiber optic cable feeds.”
“Helping broadcasters migrate their copper-heavy networks to fiber through management tools like the PPF panel underscores ADC's history of evolving with our customers to help them deliver the cutting-edge data, video and voice services that consumers have come to expect,” added Rosenthal.
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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart