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AFL Introduces eABF™ Air-Jetted Solution Using Spider Web Ribbon Technology


Spartanburg, SC – AFL expanded its eABF air-jetted solution line by adding a 72-fiber eABF cable using Spider Web Ribbon (SWR). The ultra-small, ribbon-like cable can be quickly ribbonized for mass termination. Fifty percent smaller than traditional flat ribbon cables, the 72-fiber cable is optimized for jetting into the Dura-Line® 8.5/6 mm Enterprise FuturePath® MicroDuct pathway system.

“With this combination of high density cable and multi-cell pathway, network designers can select eABF components that provide flexibility for network circuit expansion on an as-needed basis,” said Stephen Martin, product manager for AFL. “For example, a 24-way FuturePath system with the 72-fiber eABF SWR cable allows for incremental network growth of up to 1,728 optical fibers.”

Unlike other blown-fiber systems, the 72-fiber eABF SWR cable does not require furcation tubing when routing through cable management spaces. The cable is GR-409 Interconnect compliant and comes in NFPA/NEC Riser and Plenum configurations.

Martin continued, “AFL’s eABF with SWR is also compatible with our comprehensive line of high-performance MPO-style connectivity products. Ultimately, this new cable will yield a lower cost of ownership and larger return on investment over the lifetime of an optical fiber network.”

Spider Web Ribbon is a bonded fiber design that allows for highly efficient ribbonizing applications or for individual fiber breakouts in pre-terminated optical assemblies. The high-density round design promotes easy routing when used with fiber management systems enabling an efficient use of space and materials. These elements combine to form the backbone of a cost-effective, high-performance fiber optic cabling solution.

AFL offers a wide variety of fiber optic cable including Optical Ground Wire, ADSS, Loose Tube, enterprise and more. For additional information about AFL, its products and services, visit

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, enterprise and factory markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical fiber optic and electrical infrastructures. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

Stephen Martin
Product Manager
Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager