AFL launches the ASCEND platform for larger data centres

Leading international manufacturer of fibre optic cables,
equipment and accessories,
AFL Telecommunications announces the launch of the
platform ASCEND, designed to set the standard in larger and more technical data
centre environments.

ASCEND is a modular high-density platform consisting of fibre housings,
cassettes and assemblies, transforming the status quo of current data centre
platforms and raising the level for future-proofing needs.

“Bandwidth demands will continue to grow and flexibility in networks
will be critical,” explained Steve Polidan, general manager of AFL’s Optical
Connectivity and Premise Cables division. “The ASCEND platform is designed to
overcome today’s ever-changing network requirements and the entire product
solution provides the flexibility and versatility needed in today’s fast-paced

ASCEND fibre housings offer flexibility, functionality and ease-of-use. Key
features include 1RU, 2RU and 4RU sizes with densities of up to 144, 288 and
576 fibres; front and back doors, both hinged on the bottom; removable housing
cover back allowing unobstructed access to all connector interfaces; and routing
rings at the front of the trays making routing patch cords easy, secured and

The versatile cassette portfolio of the ASCEND platform is one of
the most comprehensive in the industry, providing a wide range of options. The
cassettes independently mount within the fibre management housings and trays
allowing for ease of access and modularity. Cassette designs range from BASE-8
to BASE-24 and cover additional applications ranging from patch-thru
connectivity to xWDM installation.

Available in single-mode and multimode, ASCEND optical cassettes feature
low loss MPO connectors and VFL-compatible shuttered LC adapters. Splice
cassettes include 250 µm pre-terminated single fibre pigtails and can be
spliced directly to loose or ribbon fibre cables. Splice cassettes are
compatible with all BASE-12 ASCEND housings. Available in single-mode and
multimode, fanout cassettes are pre-terminated plug-and-play breakout modules
designed to transition a trunk cable into individual connector ports.

The ASCEND platform also includes trunk cable and patch cord assemblies.
Trunk cable assemblies feature AFL’s Microcore cable and the MTP PRO connector,
which allows for field-reversible polarity and gender with no housing removal,
exposed fibres or loose points. Available in 12 to 144 fibres in BASE-8 and
BASE-12 configurations, ASCEND trunk cable assemblies include an integrated
cable mounting clip, which eliminates the need for additional cable clamps,
securely positioning the incoming cable and eliminating stress during
installation. Patch cord assemblies are constructed with AFL’s Dual-Link cable
and terminated with a field reversible LC Uniboot connector, minimising the
front-side cabling footprint and reducing the impact on airflow up and down the
rack and between the racks.

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