An Open Debate About Bend-Insensitive Multimode Fiber—That Is Exactly What We Need

Eric Leichter_thumb Eric Leichter January 10, 2011

In late November, I blogged about the limited need for a bend-insensitive multimode fiber (BIMMF) within today’s data center and enterprise environment. At the same time, CommScope and other cablers, as well as a glass manufacturer, provided the industry with white papers and presentations (such as at IWCS) that were even more cautionary, detailing the potential risks of using this untested product. On the opposite side, there has been discussion from others about the benefits of BIMMF that downplayed some of the risks.

It is great to have an open debate about a new product type.

Before the industry adopts or rejects a new technology, it is important that all of the information is available to make the right decision. Cabling and Installation Maintenance has announced on their blog that there will be a discussion of this topic in their January 2011 issue.

We at CommScope are excited to see that the industry will have a discussion about this technology to fully understand the potential risks and rewards. Furthermore, we look forward to contributing to the discussions of the new fiber type within standards committees to bring forward and possibly alleviate some of the risks inherit with the non-standard BIMMF solutions currently available.

About the Author

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Eric Leichter

Eric Leichter is director for business development for CommScope Mobility Solutions, focused on fiber and power solutions for remote radio deployments. He has over 15 years of experience with telecommunications and optical fiber solutions, including roles supporting application and field engineering, product management, standards and training. While supporting a mix of wireless, data center, campus, and outside plant applications, Eric has experience with a multitude of vendor and generic solutions sets. He is a multiple patent holder, has provided several dozen published articles and conference presentations, and is a LEED Green Associate. Eric has an engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and an MBA from Gardner-Webb University.