Draka Mobile Fiber Cables: Extremely flexible and yet very robust

With the Draka Mobile Fibre Cables (MFC), the Multimedia Solutions (MMS) BU of the Prysmian Group offers extremely resistant, flame-retardant and flexible fibre optic cables for broadcasters and outside broadcasts (OB vans). Thanks to the patented BendBright-XS technology, the SMPTE 2110 Draka cables have an extremely high resistance to bending. Specially manufactured for outdoor applications, the MFC series is suitable not only for the broadcast sector but also for use in mining, military, industry, shipping, oil and gas extraction, wind farms as well as FTTA, DAS and security applications.

The Draka MFC series with the versions MFC 4x/8x/12x OS2 and MFC 4x/8x/12x OM3 (4, 8 or 12 optical fibres in singlemode or multimode) has excellent performance characteristics for both indoor and outdoor applications.

The MFC fibre optic cables achieve their high robustness and resistance to bending in mobile outdoor applications through the 9/125 fibre cables, equipped with the patented BendBright-XS technology. Successfully conducted bend tests, including an S-bend test with over 500,000 cycles, prove this. BendBright XS combines three features: high sensitivity to macro-bending, the new Draka Colorlock XS coating and a narrow glass geometry. Damping losses due to bending are also very low thanks to BendBright-XS.

The cables of the MFC series are particularly suitable for use in adverse environments, as they have a high abrasion resistance and withstand rough surfaces. In addition, the MFC cables have a high water resistance. The sheathing reliably protects against heavy moisture such as rain, snow, ice or constant humidity. It is also enormously resistant to chemicals.

Especially in outdoor areas, large temperature fluctuations are usually to be expected, which can lead to problems with the cabling. The MFC series defies temperatures from - 30 °C to 70 °C (- 40 °C to 80 °C), depending on the version. Draka offers versions with four, eight or 12 fibres in single or multi-mode, depending on the requirement.

TV goes fibre optics
The technology in the broadcast sector is developing more and more in the direction of fibre optics. Compared to conventional copper cables, fibre optic cables offer more bandwidth and lower attenuation data transmission. With its high bandwidth and robust material, the Draka MFC series meets the high demands of film and television production. They comply with the SMPTE 2110 standard, which describes the transmission of digital video signals (video stream) over an IP network in real time. In contrast to earlier IP standards, the transmission takes place in uncompressed format. The data sets (video, audio and additional data) are synchronised with each other without influencing each other. This allows separate routing and editing of the data - even with metadata (timecode, subtitles and teletext) assigned to the data sets.