Convergence is a word many of us in the industry grow weary of hearing.
It oozed from the mouths of marketers during the dot-com explosion and
even during its violent implosion. Now, as our market moves from survival
to recovery mode, the word has begun to take on a life of its own once
again. It seems that convergence is as popular in the telecom world as
other over-used catch phrases such as Next-Generation Networks (NGN),
Quality of Service (QoS), and Scalable Networks.
Passive Optical Network (PON) infrastructures deployed in fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP)
networks require numerous fiber connections to achieve the distribution of services to
multiple homes. Although splicing has its place in these systems, use of reliable anglepolished
connectors (APCs) provides numerous advantages in terms of overall network
flexibility, testing and troubleshooting.
Abstract: Recent wide-scale deployment of APC connectors in the outside plant for FTTH
initiatives has forced connector manufacturers to consider reliability issues of these
connectors. Angled connectors exhibit two phenomena not found in non-angled
connectors: First, the lower ferrule endface radius of angled connectors makes the
connector more susceptible to permanent fiber withdrawal at elevated temperatures.
Second, any rotation of the ferrule in angled connectors will increase the apex offset of the
ADC's OmniReach™ Indoor Fiber Distribution Terminal (iFDT) provides Multiple Dwelling Unit
(MDU) applications with a compact and secure family of enclosures by connecting fiber cables at
MDUs. The IFDT products utilize a rugged double-hinged design that effectively isolates the splicing
and cable termination in the rear compartment from the jumper interconnection in the front
compartment. Separating the cable splicing and termination into a layered configuration provides
a space efficient and craft friendly interface unit.