TE Connectivity Introduces Fiber Indexing Architecture

MINNEAPOLIS – TE Connectivity (TE), a provider of connectivity solutions, announced its fiber indexing architecture, a new approach to fiber to the home (FTTH) deployments that significantly speeds fiber construction while reducing fiber cable, engineering and inventory management requirements. While typical FTTH deployments require labor-intensive engineering and measurement with custom-length fiber cables, TE’s fiber indexing architecture leverages standardized building blocks – connectorized and indexed service terminals with hardened multi-fiber optical connectors – to create a plug-and-play network that is faster and easier to deploy.

Today, FTTH distribution networks are often deployed in a star topology, with each service terminal directly cabled to the fiber distribution hub. A typical solution requires accurate lengths of cable, which must be first field-measured and then ordered. TE’s fiber indexing architecture uses a cascaded and daisy-chained topology in which the fiber optic cable runs from one terminal to the next. This significantly reduces the amount of cable required by up to 70 percent. In addition, TE’s hardened multi-fiber optical connectors substantially eliminate laborious and costly fiber splicing, greatly speeding deployment. As a result, TE’s fiber indexing architecture speeds time to market for service providers deploying FTTH networks while reducing fiber counts, reducing costs, simplifying network engineering and easing materials management.

“Today’s service providers are in a race to deploy FTTH networks and bring their customers Gigabit services,” said Jaxon Lang, general manager and vice president of TE Broadband Network Solutions. “Simply put, fiber indexing offers service providers a faster methodology for building FTTH networks. By using standardized building blocks, they can reduce fiber construction and labor requirements for a quicker return on investment, while reducing overall deployment costs.”

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