I recently had a
wonderful “plug and play” experience. I grew up in an era where music was
enjoyed through large speakers (and yes, from vinyl records). I have never been
a fan of earbuds; however, I recently purchased a Bluetooth-enabled speaker.
Here was my experience:
I pressed the power button. The device announced, “power on,” then, “device
paired!” My phone immediately began streaming music to the new speaker.
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How can this be? No drivers to download, no apps to buy, no
terms and conditions to accept, no trips to the store to purchase a different
interface. It was a beautiful example of what can happen when industry standard
interfaces meet innovation. It got me to think: can we apply plug-and-play
concepts to the challenges of connecting subscribers? Using my speaker example, let’s start with
industry standards and add a dash of innovation.
The multi-dwelling unit
(MDU) or vertical living
space is an ever-growing challenge for connecting subscribers to optical
networks. Large buildings with several apartments require many connections and
splices to be made, either in cluttered closets throughout the building or in
crowded basement spaces. Riser conduits
can become overwhelmed, and splicing costs can drive up cost per subscriber.
Splicing and craft
skill requirements can be reduced using industry standard interfaces, like
pre-terminated subscriber connectors, but large bundles of simplex cables and
excess cable length can still overwhelm closets and risers. It’s better to use
smaller multi-fiber cables with connectors in the riser, and simplex subscriber
connectors and cables in the horizontal.
How do we manage excess
cable length that plagues pre-terminated solutions? Enter the Rapid
Fiber Distribution Terminal (RDT), the innovative terminal that includes a
slack storage reel. Ready for true plug and play? Simply mount the RDT in a utility closet,
pull the pre-installed multifiber cable to the distribution box or hub and plug
it in. Pull pre-terminated simplex cables to each apartment, and plug then into
the RDT. All slack cable is stored, and there is no splicing required.
That’s right. No
splicing required. No slack cable to manage. Cue the music.