Bend Insensitive Multimode Fiber - Is the Reward Worth the Risk?
Bend Insensitive MultiMode Fiber (BIMMF) was introduced to the market in 2009 and through marketing efforts has caused the industry to consider its usage. Multiple fiber manufacturers now offer 50 µm BIMMFs of various designs, all providing reduced loss when the fiber is bent. However, it is always wise to look before the leap. Continuing its conservative tradition of examining the risks as well as the rewards of a new technology, CommScope has examined the current state of BIMMF solutions. The examination has revealed significant issues that must be addressed before CommScope can recommend use of BIMMF.