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Applications of MTP/MPO Cable Types

Learn about the effective solutions that MTP/MPO cables provide in data centers and businesses that can help decrease overall cable congestion.

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Applications of MTP/MPO Cable Types in 5 Performances

The MTP/MPO system has proven to be an effective solution for cable congestion in data centers and businesses due to its scalability, dependability, and flexibility. To ensure that any transmitting signal from any active piece of equipment is routed to the receiving port of another active piece of equipment, the appropriate polarity must be maintained throughout the fiber network.

MTP/MPO cable types are distinguished by five characteristics: function, polarity, fiber count, fiber mode, and jacket rating.

1. Function

There are three MTP/MPO cable types that are well suited for high-density cabling networks that provide increased network capacity and flexibility: trunk cables, breakout cables, and conversion cables.

MTP/MPO Trunk Cables

MTP/MPO connectors (female/male) are used to terminate MTP/MPO trunk cables, which come in counts ranging from 8 to 144 fibers. These multifiber MTP/MPO trunk cables are frequently the best choice for building a structured cabling system, including the backbone and horizontal connectors like 40G-40G and 100G-100G direct connections.

MTP/MPO Breakout Cables

MTP/MPO breakout cables (also known as harness cables or fanout cables) have a female/male MTP/MPO connector on one end and 4/6/8/12 duplex LC/FC/SC/ST connectors on the other. These breakout cables are typically used for short distance 10G-40G and 25G-100G direct connections, as well as connecting backbone assemblies to a rack system in high-density backbone cabling.

MTP/MPO Conversion Cables

Although they have a different fiber count and type, MTP/MPO conversion cables have the same fanout design as MTP/MPO breakout cables. The MTP/MPO connectors are used to terminate them on both ends and significantly increase the MTP/MPO cabling system's versatility. These are well-suited for connections at speeds of 10G-40G, 40G-40G, 40G-100G, and 40G-120G.

2. Polarity

The polarity of MTP/MPO cable types refers to the difference between the optical transmitters and receivers at both ends of the fiber link. Due to the unique design of MTP/MPO connectors, polarity issues must be addressed in high-density MTP/MPO cabling systems. There are three types of fiber polarity: Type A, Type B, and Type C.

12-Fiber MTP/MPO Cable Polarity

3. Fiber Count

MTP/MPO cable types with different cores are classified as 8/12/24 cores and are typically used for 40G/100G transmission. The most recent 16-fiber cables are specifically designed for 400G short-reach cabling in Hyperscale data centers.

4. Fiber Mode

MTP/MPO cable types include multi-mode OM3/OM4 cables and single mode OS2 cables.

To learn more about fiber mode cables read Fiber Optic Cable Types: Single Mode vs. Multi-mode Fiber Cable for more information.

Max Transmission Distance100m150m200km
ApplicationBuildings, CampusBuildings, CampusCarrier Networks, MANs, & PONs

5. Jacket Rating

MTP/MPO cable jackets are classified as LSZH (Low Smoke Zero Halogen), OFNP (Optical Fiber Nonconductive, Plenum), CMP (Communications Multipurpose Cable, Plenum), and so on based on different fire rating requirements.

After determining the five components of MTP/MPO cables, it is easier to select the network connection solution that best meets their needs. Since they are popular for high-density cabling in data centers, they can greatly increase network capacity, save a lot of space, and simplify cable management.

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