Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs) represent a unique revenue opportunity due to their high concentration of potential subscribers. Whether deploying in a new housing community or to few units in a decades-old structure, efficient splice management along with secure protection of fibers will ensure the fastest route to new revenue as well as reduced ongoing maintenance.
With MDU homes fiber connected, both network usage and customer satisfaction can increase exponentially in town homes, apartments, condominimums, retirement homes and users can receive the most advanced broadband services available today, and into the future.
Multiple Dwelling Units can be placed into two broad categories, often referred to as "Greenfield' and "Brownfield."
Both types of developments are identical given they represent a high number of potential subscribers in a relatively compact footprint. Logically, the OSP costs to reach the 40 residents in an apartment building will likely be much cheaper than the dollars to reach 40 single family homes spread out over several city blocks.
In both scenarios, efficient splice management will ensure that service is provided to subscribers in a consistent way. Additionally, by deploying splice closures that maximize operational efficiency, a service operator may seize new residential or small business customer opportunities quickly, thus contributing to customer satisfaction, and the bottom line.
1 - Microduct Manifold
2 - Slack Storage Box
3 - Fiber Splice Box
A combination of these three products provides efficient splice management, secure storage of slack fibers, and a methodolgy to efficiently organize the microtubes used to house the individual fibers running throughout the building.
In a Brownfield application, a service provider must deliver fiber into the customer's premises quickly, efficiently, and securely. Cramped telephone closets often present a challenge in terms of wall space and fiber management. Additionally, the ability to connect fibers as they are needed for new subscribers is best served using a simple "plug and play" approach. Thus, the splice storage should provide a demarc point equipped with industry standard connectors such as SC or LC. From this point, connectorized fiber jumpers may be run to individual living units as needed to provide fiber services. This approach eliminates the need to "fiberize" an entire MDU at once, which could be prohibitively costly, particularly if take rates for such services are low.
A simple solution to this deployment challenge may be found in a demarcation box such as the Amphenol Network Solutions Fiber Demarcation Box (FDE). Compact in size, the box provides the capability to house and splice either loose tube or ribbon fiber, with each pre-connected to either an SC or LC connector. Separate, lockable doors enclose the splice and connector sides of the box, increasing security, and 4 separate cable ports provide a diverse variety of deployment options depending on location of the box in the closet.
With a greater push to bring high bandwidth to everyone on the network, more and more service providers are electing to bring fiber inside of an MDU building or throughout a campus.
Ideally, a network operator could place the fiber to every living unit during initial construction. Fiber from every unity may then be run back to central closet(s) and spliced as required inside a closure made specifically for this purpose. Becasue all fiber is run throughout the building at the outset, there is little reason to re-enter the splice point at any time throughout the life of the network. For this application, a box such as the Amphenol Network Solutions Fiber Splice Box (FSB) is an ideal, low cost solution.
Amphenol Network Solutions offers several splice boxes with capacities ranging from 72 fibers in a tray optimized configuration, and up to 288 fibers when the Fiber Splice Box is in the ribbon optimized configuration. These aluminum enclosures are designed for high-density splice storage, with emphasis on proper fiber management and versatility of cable port seals and cable tie-down features. These wall mount enclosures provide a convenient point to splice fiber drops to each dwelling unit in a new "Greenfield" development.
FSB - Fiber Splice Box