Study: MPO Network deployment to grow 20% in 3 years

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Viavi Solutions has released the results of a global study that examines the rise of parallel optics and multi-fibre connectivity in service provider networks, enterprises and data centres. According to the VIAVI 2018 MPO study, deployment of ribbon fibre and multi-fibre push on (MPO) connectors is expected to grow by more than 20 per cent in the next three years, creating significant challenges for network operators and cabling contractors.

As bandwidth demands escalate and network infrastructure is pushed to the limits, multi-fibre connectors are becoming increasingly required to meet the demand for fibre and cable density, and support for next-generation architectures that utilise parallel optics. As a result, cabling contractors and network technicians are now challenged to deal with added complexities and increased time needed for testing and troubleshooting multi-fibre networks. The VIAVI 2018 MPO study reveals the challenges and opportunities experienced by hundreds of installers, managers and operators of telco and enterprise networks.

“Relentless bandwidth demand and network convergence are driving the need for a higher degree of cable and connector density across the entire network – core, metro, access and data centre,” said Craig Black, Senior Director and General Manager of Fibre Optic Test, VIAVI. “This confluence of trends is challenging everyone to deploy denser and simpler MPO solutions, and for installers and technicians to be more diligent as they inspect, test and certify MPO cables, in order to ensure optimum network performance.”

Highlights of the study include:

  • Contaminated connectors are the number one cause of troubleshooting MPO networks
  • As many as 40 per cent of respondents are already working with MPO regularly
  • Over half of the respondents predict multi-fibre connectivity will grow by more than 20 per cent in the next three years
  • Port density and faster speed were found to be the top reasons for implementing MPO

Four out of five respondents spend up to 20 per cent of their work week troubleshooting physical network issues.
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