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TE Connectivity makes FTTH rollouts easier, cheaper

TE Connectivity
Thursday 18 December 14

TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity, today announced two new indoor fibre distribution boxes (IFDBs), one plug and play and the other connectorised, for use in multiple dwelling units (MDUs) throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The new IFDB enclosures join TE&rsquo…

TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity, today announced two new indoor fibre distribution boxes (IFDBs), one plug and play and the other connectorised, for use in multiple dwelling units (MDUs) throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The new IFDB enclosures join TE’s IFDB portfolio for spliced applications, allowing the company to offer a complete range of floor boxes offering maximum flexibility for the network operator when rolling out the in-building element of a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. The complete IFDB family now covers floor boxes for spliced, connectorised and decentralised or cascaded FTTH network architectures.

“Providing a fibre optic connection to MDUs no longer needs to be a challenge,” said Marc Van Heck, product management segment leader, in-building fibre at TE. “Rolling out a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network can be complicated and expensive, especially when managing a large number of living units. TE’s IFDB family simplifies and speeds up the installation process while providing a cost-effective, scalable solution that enables operators to successfully deliver fibre to the home.”

TE’s new IFDB Connectorised offers fast deployment and simplifies customer turn-up with connectorised individual drop cables between the IFDBs and the living unit. By providing a clear demarcation between a homes-passed and homes-connected roll out, it allows installation crews to do the splicing and lower skilled crews to turn up new customers by simply plugging in a connector.

The IFDB Plug and Play version offers a pay-as-you-grow solution by using field-installable splitters to connect additional customers as demand grows. It supports a cascaded, split topology, where the split ratio is applied between the building distribution point and the floor box. Furthermore, it benefits from easy installation, requiring only one splice at the installation and providing quick customer turn-up by connecting a 1:4 or 1:8 splitter during the “homes connected” phase.

As the floor box is typically the point with the highest maintenance cost in an MDU network, expenditure is significantly reduced by avoiding splicing by specialists after installation.


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