Draka Comteq Continues Its Leadership In Bend Insensitive Cables For FTTx Applications

ColorlockXS is the latest enhancement to a bend insensitive product line that has led the industry for over two years.

Draka Comteq announces the availability of BendbrightXS with industry exclusive ColorlockXS technology in all of its cable constructions. Bendbright was introduced in 2005 as the standard fiber in all Draka Comteq drop cables and ColorlockXS is the latest enhancement to a bend insensitive product line that has led the industry for over two years. The success of Draka Comteq's cables in solving the technical challenges for carriers installing FTTx networks was highlighted by AT&T's "2005 Supplier Innovator of the Year Award", given to Draka Comteq on the strength of it's ezDrop cable product design, which features the Bendbright fiber.

Draka Comteq followed up the success of the original Bendbright® introduction a year later with the release of Bendbright®XS in 2006. "Judging from the marketing efforts and expense incurred by competing fiber cable manufacturers to introduce bend-insensitive products at the recent FTTH Show in Orlando, a year after Draka's BendBrightXS introduction, it appears that we are not only on the right track with our product innovation but that our newest version featuring ColorlockXS will sustain our leadership in this area," said Tony Valentino, Vice President of Sales for Draka Comteq Americas.

Unlike other fibers recently introduced to the market, BendBrightXS is the first and only all-glass fiber on the market that meets and exceeds the stringent ITU-T G.657.B bending requirements while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing single mode fibers, meeting ITU-T G.652.D. It does this by using industry accepted materials and technology resulting in no issues or special procedures being needed for splicing or connectorization.

ColorLockXS increases the lead over the competition by improving the micro-bending performance of BendBrightXS fiber. Colorlock was first introduced over a decade ago and uses a patented technology to color the fibers during the draw process. With the colors actually integrated in the fiber coating they are guaranteed not to wear, maintaining clarity and vibrancy throughout the lifetime of the fiber. More importantly, Draka fiber is the only optical fiber in the world proof tested after coloring. Fibers which are proof tested prior to the fiber coloring process raises questions about true fiber lifetime after coloration. "With more and more discussions of reduced bend radius fiber storage we think that Draka Comteq clearly has the best lifetime performance, bar none, in the optical fiber industry," states Phil Edwards, President and CEO of Draka's global fiber operations.

The BendbrightXS with ColorlockXS solution is available in the entire suite of Draka cables and is ideal in access cables for FTTx deployments where loss of signal is common because cables are subjected to tight bends and the rigors of harsh installation techniques, such as the use of cable ties and stapling.

About Draka
Draka Holding N.V. ('Draka') is the holding company of a number of operating companies which engage worldwide in the development, production and sale of cable and cable systems. Draka's activities are divided into two groups: Draka Cableteq, which is responsible for the low-voltage and special-purpose cable activities, and Draka Comteq, which is active in the telecommunication cable, data communication cable and optical fiber markets.

Draka Holding's headquarters are in Amsterdam , The Netherlands and in 2006 generated revenues of $3.6 billion and a net income of over $65 million (excluding non-recurring items). Draka has 9,145 employees operating in 29 countries throughout Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia .

Draka Holding N.V. is listed on Euronext and was included in the Next150 index in 2001 and the AScX-index (Amsterdam Small Cap index) since 2 March 2005.

For more information please visit www.draka.com

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