R&M Launches PRIME ODF Optical Distribution Frame

  • R&M

MILPITAS, CA — R&M, an active developer and supplier of high-quality network infrastructures, announced the U.S. launch of PRIME ODF, a highly dense cabling platform for optical distribution frames (ODFs). PRIME (professional interconnection management equipment) ODF provides fiber optic (FO) network operators with greater planning freedom, enabling them to use their fiber distribution hub units in more varied ways than ever before. With PRIME ODF, network operators now can design fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks precisely from the outset to suit local requirements and still have the possibility of extending or adapting them later at any time. At maximum capacity, PRIME ODF modules can connect 5,376 optical fibers in an optical distribution frame (ODF), which is a new standard for the FTTH market.

"PRIME ODF provides the highest fiber density with modularity, flexibility, scalable costs, easy installation and migration into new and existing network infrastructures," said Dieter Studer, marketing manager, R&M USA. "These features improve network planning and the safety of fiber and cable management during network operation and maintenance."

Above-ground street cabinets and basements, main distributor frames, central offices and POP (point of presence) sites are some of the most important locations for PRIME ODF racks. Here they form the nodes of local broadband networks such as city rings and feeder networks. PRIME ODF is at home wherever space is limited, and a high number of optical fibers need to be wired. The platform is also suitable for fiber optic distribution in data centers and for backhaul networks from mobile communication providers.

Modularity for Manageable Investment Costs
With PRIME ODF, R&M implements the principle of modularity. The distributors can be assembled, adapted and extended like separate blocks. This approach makes it possible for network operators to plan with manageable investment costs and order only the specific number of components they need (pay as you grow). Network operators also can react quickly to local FTTH demand and technical progress, and scale broadband networks to suit requirements.

Up to 14 PRIME ODF modules fit in a 19-inch or ETSI rack. PRIME ODF's adaptive tool-free design ensures no tools are required for assembly in R&M ETSI racks. This increases installation efficiency and the flexibility of network operations. The PRIME ODF modules can be assembled from the front or back of 19-inch racks.

A sub-rack can accommodate four PRIME ODF fiber units. They can be combined and equipped in a variety of ways and retrofitted without tools. The PRIME ODF range contains fiber units for fiber optic termination, for splice and breakout cabling and for patch cord and overlength storage. When using the ultra-high-density LC adapters from R&M, the capacity of a PRIME ODF module totals 5,376 FO connections. The high packing density decreases the average costs per port.

Drawer technology protects the fibers during assembly, maintenance and cleaning. The fibers remain in the guide. A channel system protects the fibers on the way to the splice area. The connectors can be detected and operated when the drawer is pushed in and be pulled into a service position for cleaning and inspection.



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