Broadband Communities

JUL 2017

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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JULY 2017 | www.broadbandcommunities.com | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 83 Corning's compact, pole-mounted, OptiTect MC series local convergence cabinet is designed to handle the first level of splitters from the central office to customers. It includes pass-throughs for easy handling of unsplit fiber for wireless towers or heavy business users. Corning's FlexNAP now accommodates preterminated RPX ribbon cable for connecting the last jump from pole to premises (the fiber loop in the picture). Like many recently introduced products, this allows the same basic fiber building blocks to handle distributed and centralized splits and home-run fiber. It makes splices unnecessary even when a local distribution cabinet or hub is in the mix. 3M added to its line of simple connector tools with its Crimplok+ activation tool for fast field termination of 250 and 900 ┬Ám single-mode fiber without a splice, gel or adhesive, using SC/APPC connectors. These connectors use a metallic element that mechanically locks the fiber strand to the termination. The little plastic cap (see inset) sets exactly the right protrusion length for the fiber inside the connector. The protrusion is then polished with the orbital mechanism shown at upper left. One turn of the crank does the job. The tool comes stand-alone or packaged with a 60-pack of connectors. Additional images are available in the digital edition of this article at www.bbcmag.com.

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