FTTH

Planning Freedom for FTTH Network Operators

Network operators can react quickly to local FTTH demand and technical progress and scale broadband networks to suit requirements

R&M, the globally active developer and provider of cabling systems for high-quality network infrastructures, based in Wetzikon, Switzerland, is providing broadband network operators with greater planning freedom. At ANGA COM 2019 in Cologne (June 4 to 6) the cabling specialist will be showing Fiber to the Home suppliers how they can use and extend their fiber distribution hub units in a greater number of ways. The German R&M subsidiary can be visited at stand G30 in Hall 7.

At the stand, R&M will be simulating a POP fiber distribution station in a container design. In the future, R&M will take care of the entire construction of such FTTH distribution hub units for the network operators. The service portfolio ranges from individual planning to the assembly-ready delivery of the distribution station.

An example of the planning freedom made possible by R&M is the Optical Distribution Frame (ODF) with the newly developed PRIME modules. These make it possible for FTTH suppliers to initially equip their networks to suit local requirements and then to extend them later as required – following the pay as you grow principle. This approach makes it possible to plan with manageable investment costs. Network operators can react quickly to local FTTH demand and technical progress and scale broadband networks to suit requirements.

PRIME is a high density distribution platform which can be assembled, adapted and extended like separate blocks. At maximum capacity, PRIME modules can connect up to 5,376 optical fibers in one ODF. And that is setting new standards on the FTTH market. Above-ground street cabinets and cramped basements, main distributor frames, central offices and POP sites are some of the most important locations for the PRIME ODF racks.

Furthermore R&M is also presenting the extended Polaris range at ANGA COM. The outdoor boxes help network operators to connect and manage the growing number of FO cables in the tightest of spaces. They accommodate everything required at or in customer buildings: drop or subscriber and patch cords, fiber or loose tube storage, modules for trays as well as splice, splitter and patch connections. Multi-part slotted seals make it easier to insert the cables. They no longer have to be threaded through the seals – as is the case with conventional boxes.

The modular principle of the boxes makes it possible to gradually adapt fiber optic supply to market requirements. FTTH suppliers can configure them freely and fill them at a later date. The boxes are used to create every typical topology in the access network area. They can be used in all kinds of premises from a family home to a residential estate. Within buildings, the boxes are suitable for building entry points, risers, floor distributors and optical termination outlets. A new CCC FO housing is also available. It is particularly suitable for the area of FTTx networks, whose need for flexible and extendible cabling solutions is constantly growing.

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