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AFL Receives Top Recognition by BTR for Four New Products


Spartanburg, SC – Several new AFL products were recognized by the Broadband Technology Report (BTR) Diamond Technology Reviews (“the Diamonds”) awards program, receiving high honors across the board. This program recognizes top products and solutions available to the broadband-cable industry, and is judged by an esteemed panel of MSO-engineering experts as well as highly regarded industry consultants. AFL’s WDM900 Lightwave Test Set, FOCIS PRO, Fujikura 70S and LL-580 enclosure all received recognition.

One of AFL’s newer products, the WDM900 Lightwave Test Set simplifies the maintenance and troubleshooting of in-service metro-E, mobile backhauls and headend-to-hub distribution links. Like an OSA, its WDM900 Health Meter display shows each and every DWDM channel present, but unlike an OSA, it uses a Health factor to compare the three critical operating parameters of each channel to user defined pass/fail criteria.

The NOYES® FOCIS PRO Fiber Optic Connector Inspection System is a second-generation automated inspection and analysis solution engineered to meet the needs of outside plant use. Consisting of a rugged palm-sized touchscreen tablet, task-specific automatic inspection/analysis algorithms and a high resolution video probe, the FOCIS PRO system enables broadband operators to achieve the fiber optic connector integrity needed to insure that residential and business customers receive reliable and consistent delivery of service without the need for expensive call backs and truck rolls.

Next, the Fujikura 70S core alignment fusion splicer, one of the newer members of the world’s most proven and technologically-advanced family of splicing products from Fujikura, offers several enhanced features including a motorized wind protector and tube heater with the world’s fastest heating times; long-life electrodes provide 3,000 splices; and a high resolution, 4.73-inch color LCD monitor with 300X fiber magnification for improved visibility in low-light  conditions.

And lastly, AFL’s LL-580 optical splicing and distribution enclosure addresses the need to patch, patch and splice, express cut/drop fibers and manage wavelengths (WDM or splitters) in a single enclosure. Designed for organizing, splicing and interconnecting fibers, the enclosure is an ideal fit for business service hand-offs, MDU distribution and connectivity, cellular backhaul and other commercial services that require weather-proof field connectivity.

Criteria used in the Diamonds rankings include, first and foremost, unique technology or application thereof, innovation, ease-of-use, efficiency, reliability and contribution to profitability. To learn more about AFL and our products, visit us at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Booth #1200 or visit
About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

About Broadband Technology Report
Broadband Technology Report (BTR), celebrating its ninth anniversary in 2013, is the cable and telecom industry’s premier source for product and technology news, and is the most successful and fastest growing online outlet for product information and deployments; reviews and rankings; technology expertise; and buyer/seller facilitation. BTR’s portfolio includes online, print and video assets, all designed to help network operators build, upgrade and maintain high-performance communications networks. BTR, backed by more than 70 years of combined industry experience, delivers its email, online, print and video production services to more than 20,000 subscribers. If you are interested in subscribing, consult BTR is owned by PennWell Corporation.

About the Diamond Technology Review program
The BTR Diamond Technology Reviews (“the Diamonds”) is a renowned industry program—now in its ninth year—that was developed to recognize some of the top products and solutions available to the cable industry as determined by a stellar panel of cable telecommunications engineering experts. Engineering executives from Bright House, Buckeye, Comcast, MediaComm, Rogers, Suddenlink, and Time Warner Cable were among the third-party judges for the 2013 Diamonds. Every year, BTR invites vendors to submit written information about products/solutions that have been released or upgraded since the previous year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo (October 2012). Criteria used in the Diamonds rankings include, first and foremost, unique technology or application thereof, innovation, ease of use, efficiency, reliability and contribution to profitability.

Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager