Corning prepares for 5G with new connectivity solution

Created October 26, 2020
Technologies and Products

Corning has introduced a range of 5G-ready terminals and connectors that are miniaturised to accommodate more fibre connections in smaller spaces. Corning’s Evolv™ Hardened Connectivity Solutions with Pushlok™ Technology are designed to simplify fibre deployment for all types of carrier networks. Corning says that as connectivity requirements continue to grow – with video streaming, remote work, e-commerce and related applications – network operators must deploy more fibre in space-constrained environments. That need will accelerate with 5G deployments.

Corning engineers designed Evolv solutions to meet those needs: Pushlok hardened connectors are half the size of existing offerings, connecting to terminals that are up to four times smaller. The smaller size allows operators to lower their costs, speed their deployments, and stay ahead of demands for high-speed connectivity.

“With the Evolv solutions and Pushlok Technology, Corning is working with our customers to reduce barriers in deploying 5G-ready networks,” said Bob Whitman, vice president of market development, Carrier Networks, Corning Optical Communications. “More and more often, installers must deploy fibre in tight spaces not originally designed for today’s density of connections – and all types of network operators are looking to deploy more quickly and economically. That’s why they’ll find our miniaturised solutions so valuable, wherever they need to go.”

Evolv terminal on a historic building

Corning says the terminals can be deployed in the ground, on a pole or facade, or on a strand, saving operators up to £450 per terminal location by shrinking handhole and pedestal size, reusing existing infrastructure, reducing pole-attachment fees and streamlining permitting. Operators can deploy terminals for any type of fibre-to-the-premises network with minimal visual impact, which can speed approval time by local and municipal governments. In addition, Pushlok Technology enables one-handed drop installation, with tactile and audible feedback. Lightweight Evolv terminals streamline aerial and façade routing and improve utilisation of congested conduits and handholes.

“These optical solutions are a prime example of Corning’s innovation portfolio in action,” Whitman said. “We’re leveraging our unparalleled expertise in optical physics and precision forming to co-innovate with our customers to solve their toughest technology problems – creating another competitive advantage that will help Corning deliver for customers and outperform the passive optical market over time.”

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.