AFL Wrapping Tube Cable Recognized With 4.0 Score in 2017 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Program

Spartanburg, SC – AFL, a leading global fiber optics manufacturer and service provider, was recognized by the 2017 Lightwave Innovation Reviews with a score of 4 out of 5 possible points, for its Wrapping Tube Cable (WTC) with SpiderWeb® Ribbon (SWR) technology.

AFL’s Wrapping Tube Cable (WTC) is an ultra-high density outside plant cable designed for FTTH or access markets. Using SpiderWeb ribbon technology, WTC provides the smallest cable diameter and lowest weight, high-fiber count ribbon cable in the industry. WTC is available in dielectric or double jacket single armor with fiber counts from 144 to 1,728.

“This new cable technology provides innovative product solutions for any customer building high density fiber optic access networks or point-to-point networks by significantly reducing the cost of the build with a new collapsible ribbon technology and dry core cable technology,” explained Patrick Dobbins, director of solutions engineering for AFL. “These key cable attributes significantly reduce the cable diameter and cable weight allowing for the most efficient use of cable pathways such as underground duct systems and aerial.”

Presented annually by Lightwave, the Lightwave Innovation Reviews program distinguishes top products and solutions available within the optical networking industry as determined by a stellar panel of third-party judges. Judges include industry executives and analysts from a wide variety of service providers, technology developers, industry analysts and journalists.

The Innovation Reviews are judged based on originality, innovation, positive impact on the customer, how well it addresses a new or existing requirement, novelty of approach and cost-effectiveness.

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About Lightwave
For more than 30 years, Lightwave ( has delivered trusted technical, application and business insights to senior-level decision makers for optical communications worldwide. Lightwave serves technology vendors, communications carriers and major enterprises with a complete and nuanced picture of the optical communications business environment. Lightwave is a valued information source for information related to FTTx, networking, equipment design, MSO optics, and test and measurement for corporate executives, department heads, project managers, network engineers and others making strategic decisions that are critical to the success of their businesses. Lightwave is a unit of PennWell Corporation.
About The 2017 Lightwave Innovation Reviews program
The Lightwave Innovation Reviews is in its fourth year of recognizing and celebrating the industry's most unique products and solutions that help optical communications professionals worldwide drive improvements and innovation in optical technology. Executives at Ciena, Intel, Lumentum, LightCounting Market Research, and Adva were among the third-party judges for the 2017 Innovation Reviews. Criteria used in the Innovation Reviews rankings include, first and foremost, unique technology or application thereof, innovation, ease of use, efficiency, reliability and contribution to profitability.

About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

Patrick Dobbins
Director of Solutions Engineering
Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager