Developments such as the Internet of Things, increased remote working, Virtualisation, Cloud, and Everything As A Service are changing the design and operation of everything from Data Centers to Fiber networks and mobile backhaul. Accommodating current and future applications requires higher bandwidths and port densities, more processing power, and greater energy efficiency.

In short, infrastructure needs to be more flexible, scalable, and reliable. At the same time, space is at a premium. As a result, there is a clear need to realize the largest possible port density in limited spaces. High-density (HD) solutions make it possible to add capacity without enlarging the footprint while minimizing the meet-me-room area. Consolidating POP servers in a 1U housing frees up space for switches and routers and planning for Software Defined Network (SDN) architectures can be improved.

R&M’s compact and versatile PRIME solutions cater to this need by enabling fast, simple installation in cramped environments and sites with high fiber density. PRIME ODF (Professional Interconnection Management Equipment Optical Distribution Frame) with its module-based design offers flexibility as well as the ability to manage up to 5376 fibers using R&M’s LC adapters. It allows FTTH operators, data centers, and mobile backhaul network providers to tailor their optical distribution hubs for the requirements of today and tomorrow. The concept makes installation, inspection, maintenance, cleaning, and fiber management easy.

The PRIME ODF can be deployed in street cabinets, basements, main distributor frames, central offices, and point of presence sites. “PRIME ODF provides the highest fiber density with modularity, flexibility, scalable costs, easy installation, and migration into new and existing network infrastructures,” asserted Dieter Studer, marketing manager, R&M USA Inc. “These features improve network planning and the safety of fiber and cable management during network operation and maintenance.” The PRIME ODF can be configured into sub-racks, each of which can accommodate either one PRIME ODF fiber unit or four in a 3RU sub-rack for the highest density. The fiber units can be configured for fiber-optic termination, for splice/patch, pure splice, and breakout cabling, or patch cord and fiber overlength storage.

Fiber networks and data centers need more and more bandwidth and current infrastructure won’t be able to keep up. Using High-Density solutions with the right kind of flexibility and reliability in mind, and making smart technology choices today, can help solve bottlenecks now and in the future. PRIME ODF offers the highest cabling density on the smallest possible footprint. The high concentration of ports makes it ideal for locations with limited space.

The modular PRIME program has newly been extended with a termination unit for Ribbon cables. In comparison to single-fiber cables, ribbon fiber cables offer several advantages. They enable a higher number of fibers with the same cable diameter as well as the splicing of 8 or 12 fibers in one working step. In addition to the 96-fiber splice patch variant with LC duplex, R&M offers a pure splice variant for 288 splices.

PRIME ribbon termination units can be used for network expansion in central offices, POPs, and street cabinets. Data centers use them to consolidate the fiber optic cabling of meet-me rooms and zone distributors. Campus networks and backbones in large buildings are also among the areas of application.

Up to 14 PRIME 3RU sub-racks fit within a 19-inch or ETSI rack, allowing a wide range of functions: pure splice, splice patch, breakout applications, fiber storage, and even allows the usage of single fiber (loose tube) and ribbon fibers in the same rack… The individual units are easy to combine, extend and swap. What’s more, the installation of system components doesn’t require any tools. The PRIME ODF units can be assembled from the front or back of 19-inch racks The tool-free system approach and the high modularity guarantee uncomplicated migration into new and existing network infrastructures. Optimized management protects the fibers during splice and maintenance work in the PRIME ODF rack.

PRIME units have been used with great success in several recent projects in Germany and Belgium. Turnkey Point of Presence (PoP) cells for fiber optic networks developed by R&M Germany saves weeks of construction and installation work in the field and increase the pace of FTTH expansion. Broadband projects can be significantly accelerated with the help of the R&M solution. Among other things, the town of Halle, Westphalia, had five turnkey PoP stations installed by R&M. Deutsche Telekom AG recently started feeding its signal into the local FTTH network at these hubs. The town of Halle, Westphalia, can provide gigabit-fast Internet access on its outskirts. This represents a major benefit for 1132 private households and 261 companies. The PRIME-ODF platform from R&M is also speeding up work in the field for Belgium’s largest network operator, Proximus. By the end of 2028, Proximus will be connecting more than 4.2 million households and companies to its ultra-high-speed fiber optic network.

Would you like to find out more or discuss what R&M’s PRIME solutions can bring to your own unique projects? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!