R&M, the globally active developer and provider of cabling systems for high-quality network infrastructures, based in Wetzikon, Switzerland, is taking a long look into the future at the world's largest Fiber to the Home congress. “Anyone investing in public FO networks today must be aware of the fact that they are setting the course for the next 100 years. In the coming decades, Fiber to the Home, 5G, Cloud and Smart Cities will require immense resources which are subject to incredible dynamism,” forecasts R&M CMO Andreas Rüsseler on the occasion of the FTTH Conference 2019. The specialist congress of the Fiber to the Home Council Europe is taking place from March 12 to 14 at the RAI Amsterdam. The Fiber to the Home Council Europe is expecting more than 3,000 fiber optic and FTTH specialists from 96 countries as well as 120 exhibitors.
At stand G13, R&M is presenting a complete program for an extremely forward-looking expansion of FO networks. It covers all network levels. The series ranges from high-density Optical Distribution Frames through splice closures and connection boxes to connectors which can be connected to optical fibers in less than a minute on a construction site. The R&M solutions seamlessly build upon each other and are permanently scalable. The modular concept gives network operators full planning freedom for a considerable length of time.
R&M is presenting ODF PRIME for the first time. With the high-density Optical Distribution Frame, R&M will be demonstrating new standards for FTTH infrastructures in Amsterdam. PRIME racks connect up to 5,376 optical fibers and are distinguished by a variability the likes of which have never been experienced before. The distributors can be equipped like separate blocks. This approach makes it possible to plan in small steps with manageable investment costs. Network operators only order the number of components they actually need at any one particular site. Later they can react spontaneously to local FTTH demand and technical progress and scale their networks to suit requirements.
Between Central Office and the individual subscribers, network operators meet a whole range of different conditions and R&M has tailored its range of splice closures accordingly. The company can provide solutions with specific properties for any location. Among other things, the family of SCM splice closures is used to connect new infrastructures seamlessly with existing FO networks over the last mile.
The SYNO dome closure with gel sealing technology connects fiber optic cables on the "last mile" and distributes them – whether in shafts, on masts or directly in the ground. R&M has simplified assembly and made it self-explanatory.
Furthermore, R&M is presenting a new family of multifunctional connection boxes at the FTTH Conference 2019: the Polaris-boxes. They supply individual homes, larger building complexes and also residential estates with FTTH connections. The area of use ranges from the entry point on a building facade or in the basement through floor distributors to power outlets in offices and apartments. The modular principle makes it possible to gradually adapt fiber optic supply to market requirements. FTTH suppliers can freely configure, adapt or later compact equipment accordingly. The smallest variant connects up to six FTTH subscribers, the largest up to 144. The boxes accommodate everything network operators require on site: Drop or subscriber and patch cords, fiber or loose tube storage, modules for trays, splice, splitter and patch connections.
The new generation of the field-terminable fiber optic connector FO Field will also be on display in Amsterdam. A major new feature is the clamping technology. The FO Field 2.0 not only clamps the cable with its plastic cladding but also the actual core inside. R&M has created a form of stress-free fiber fixing. This results in a permanently stable, zero attenuation connection.
“We have recognized the crucial moment and are recommending the FTTH market to set the course now for a long period of time,” says R&M CMO Andreas Rüsseler. FTTH networks should be planned with more foresight than ever before and at the same time be equipped to cope with any dynamic developments. R&M estimates that the extensive investments in a full-coverage FTTH range will only pay off over the long term. This is why planners and network operators should opt for long-term, high-end products. The valuable FO cables should not be changed and certainly not have to be removed because they were not planned with sufficient capacity in mind.