22 February 2010


Firecomms’ OptoLock powers POF products designed by NYCE and offered by SMC

High-speed optical component supplier Firecomms of Cork, Ireland is collaborating with SMC Networks of Irvine, CA, USA, which supplies customer premise equipment to broadband service providers, and NYCE Networks of Vancouver, BC, Canada, a provider of plastic optical fiber to copper Ethernet products, in which its OptoLock plastic optical fiber (POF) transceiver will power the first product in a new range of POF-based customer premise equipment.

Through the collaboration — which targets accelerated innovation and manufacturing efficiencies in the POF product market — Firecomms will supply OptoLock plugless fiber-optic transceivers for SMC's line of fiber-optic products, which are developed by NYCE. The first product, the SMCEPM-2, is a copper to POF media converter switch that allows broadband service providers to quickly and easily create Ethernet POF networks for their residential and business-class customers.

“Many of our valued broadband service providers need a copper-to-fiber product to create a high-speed Ethernet network for their residential and business-class customers that have outdated wiring and cabling,” says Todd Babic, SMC's VP of sales, broadband business development. “The SMCEPM-2 enables quick installation of POF networks and is the fastest, easiest, and most inexpensive to deploy,” he claims. “Our collaboration with Firecomms and NYCE allows us to bring a highly valuable POF product to market quickly to meet our customers' needs.”

Just millimeters thick, plastic optical fiber is highly durable and flexible, easy to cut, and is much easier to install and conceal than traditional CAT-5/5e/6cabling. POF is also highly immune to cable electrical noise and provides a higher Quality of Service (QoS) than traditional CAT-5/5e/6 electrical cable networks, so it experiences minimal network congestion (common from bandwidth-intensive applications like VOIP, IPTV, and online gaming). 

“These innovative POF devices by SMC and NYCE Networks will enable operators, installers and consumers to connect their IPTV and home networking nodes using a high-quality, interference-free link with the simplicity of a home speaker wire connection,” says Lawrence Thorne, Firecomms’ VP of sales & marketing for the Americas. “SMC’s reputation within the operator community as a provider of highly reliable, cost-effective customer premise equipment further validates the increasing interest in the deployment of POF networking solutions that will enable broadband service providers to guarantee network reliability, reduce subscriber installation costs, and maximize ARPU (average revenue per user),” he adds.

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