High-Density MTP/MPO Connectivity Solution

Currently, migration to 40G/100G network has become the popularized and irresistible tendency for data center cabling system. Which brings the quest for greater bandwidth and higher density fiber optic connectivity within data centers and optical networks. Then, how to make a balance between high capacity and low power consumption is a major challenge. Fortunately, MTP/MPO cabling technology offers a constructive and reliable solution to achieve better network performance. This article will introduce some essential components in this cabling solution.

MTP/MPO Trunk Cable

MTP/MPO trunk cables connect modules together as a permanent link. The trunk cables are available with 12, 24, 48 and 72 fibers. They are typically adopted to interconnect cassettes, panels or ruggedized MPO fan-outs, and to facilitate rapid deployment of high-density backbone cabling in data centers and other high fiber environments. Besides, It also provide much flexibility and convenience once you have to change the connector style in the patch panels. Instead of changing the connector on the cable trunk, just installing a new cassettes with the new connector style on the cross-connect side of the patch panel. The merits of the trunk cable generally include:

  • High quality—MTP/MPO trunk cables are factory pre-terminated, tested and packaged along with the test reports. These reports serve as long-term documentation and quality control.
  • Decreasing cable volume—These trunk cables have very small diameters, which decrease the cable volume and improve the air-conditioning conditions in data centers.
  • Time saving—With the special plug and play design, trunk cables can be incorporated and immediately plugged in. It greatly helps reduce the installation time.

MTP/MPO trunk cable

MTP/MPO Harness Cable

MTP/MPO harness cables provide a transition from multi-fiber cables to individual fibers or duplex connectors. Known as MTP/MPO breakout cable or fan-out cable as well, it has a single MTP connector on one end that breaks out into 6 or 12 connectors, and these connector types can be LC, SC, ST, etc. It’s available in 4, 6, 8, or 12 fiber ribbon configurations with lengths about 10, 20, 30 meters and other customized lengths. Harness cable provides a reliable, cost-effective cabling system for migrating from legacy 10G to higher speed 40G/100G Ethernet. The following are the advantages of harness cable:

  • Space saving—The active equipment and backbone cable are good for saving space.
  • Easy deployment—Factory terminated system saves installation and network reconfiguration time.
  • Reliability—High standard components are used in the manufacturing process to guarantee the product quality.

MTP/MPO harness cable

MTP/MPO Cassette

MTP/MPO cassette is the kind of module that allows for rapid deployment of high-density data center infrastructure as well as improved troubleshooting and reconfiguration during moves, adds and changes. Which is proved to be time and energy saving as well as cost efficient. Moreover, it enables users to take the fibers brought by a trunk cable and distribute them to a duplex cable. This cassette modules are fitted with 12 or 24 fibers and have LC, SC or E2000 adapters on the front side and MTP/MPO at the rear.

This kind of  cassette features optimized performance with low insertion losses and power penalties, high-density and MTP/MPO interface of superior optical and mechanical properties.

MTP/MPO cassette

MTP/MPO Fiber Adapter Panel

To efficiently handle the cabling congestion problem associated with 40G/100G network connections, employing a high-density fiber patch panel is proved to be an ideal choice. MTP/MPO fiber adapter panel is designed to assure flexibility and ease of network deployment and facilitate migration from 10G to 40/100G infrastructure. It is used in high-density network applications for cross connects in main distribution, horizontal distribution, and equipment distribution areas. This fiber adapter panel ensures efficient use of space, quick deployment and the highest reliability for the lowest installed cost. Which in turn provide a high return on investment.

MTP/MPO fiber adapter panel


There is no doubt that MTP/MPO cabling system indeed offers an ideal solution for high-density network infrastructures, which helps to ease the difficulties of migration to 40/100G network. FS.COM provides a wide range of MTP/MPO solutions and tutorials, for more detailed information, please visit www.fs.com.

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