Splitter cable system boosts performance, saves space

Claimed to boost network performance while reducing rack space by 30 per cent, the three in one SFO Splitter Fan-Out cable system has been announced by Huber+Suhner 

It is claimed to improve Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) distribution performance by increasing fibre optic density. The compact design also saves up to 30 per cent of rack space for additional equipment and applications, says the company. 

Designed in cooperation with a leading Swiss telecommunications company, the SFO Splitter Fan-Out cable system transforms existing splitter procedures in GPON distribution networks. It combines a patch cable, breakout cable and splice cassette in one multi-functional module. 

Designed for fixed access networks which require a compact and easy-to-install solution for GPON applications, the SFO cable system connects the optical network termination (OLT) port to the customer port in the optical main or secondary distribution frame. 

It is reliable and durable, says Huber_Suhner, citing its fibre optic cable manufacturing experience of more than 30 years. The compact splitter module has one-to-two inputs split to up to 32 single fibre outputs. If these modules are stacked, up to 24 traditional single splitter cassettes can be saved in the distribution rack at a depth of 300mm, says the company. The SFO can be used to optimise or upgrade an existing P2P infrastructure to xPON applications.

The SFO can be implemented in the central distributor (data centre), cable distributor or building distribution. Depending on the area of operation, individual designs, such as the labelling of the splitter module, connector variants or equipment with labelling clips, can be taken into consideration in advance. 

By eliminating the need for separate splitter modules, customers can increase rack space and optimise their existing infrastructures and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) distributions. The ability to integrate into existing and future rack space allows  for future growth and for network operators to efficiently manage future connectivity demands, comments the company.

Vanesa Alias, product manager at Huber+Suhner, said: “Confusion and limited space are major constraints when setting up and expanding FTTH main distribution centres and GPON network installations. Operators, as well as installers and maintenance teams, repeatedly face the challenge of full racks and have to connect, label and neatly route many different individual cables and plug-in modules. The simple design of the SFO solution makes installation and maintenance more efficient and cost-effective”. The reduced number of rack components enables customers to make optimum use of the available space they have and the cable system also offers a clearly organised structure, saving time and resources as faults can be located and rectified quickly, she added. 


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