3M expands into fibre-optic networking

3M expands into fibre-optic networking

In an attempt to deliver a more affordable end-to-end fibre-optic cabling solution for LANs, 3M last week launched its new Volition fibre-optic cable system.

3M officials claim Volition will provide organisations interested in delivering Internet and multimedia capabilities to desktop users with a durable cable system at only half the cost of existing fibre products.

"Organisations are increasingly seeking to deliver high-bandwidth services - such as videoconferencing and 3D modelling - direct to users, and Volition meets that need," said Barry Alderton, 3M Australia's market development manager for Telecom Systems Division.

Designed to allow integration into existing copper plants without having to replace existing hubs or network interface cards, the system also features a new plastic VF45 interconnector that is expected to cut network components and installation costs. VF45 is half the size of a standard duplex SC connector and installs two fibres in two minutes, officials claim.

After assessing their expertise in the network distribution and installation arena, 3M last week appointed six Volition Integration Partners (VIPs) who will distribute, install and support the product throughout Australia.

One of them, NSW 3M distributor AusOptic, appraised the company's first full fibre-optic solution as a very significant development in fibre networking.

"As a company that is specifically structured to give technical support to fibre products for the networking industry, we are confident that Volition will quickly become a preferred solution for fibre to the desk," Kevin Ledley, AusOptic's technical director, told ARN.

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