Even on new building installations, ACCL’s network cabling installation team may face strict access and deadline pressures, to meet a project deadline. From the traditional way of installing fibre optic cabling into a building, then install and terminate the connectors on both the ends before carrying out 100% testing. This practice will always continue to be a dominant technique as not all buildings will lend themselves to Pre-terminated cables.
Pre-terminated fibre optic cabling will always require clear and spacious routes to allow the protection end to pass along/through.
However looking at cost and time saving a steady rise in the use of pre-terminated cabling systems is being considered where an installer can arrive at the site with a ready terminated cable assembly, then lay these cables into position, plugs the connectors into the patch panels and wall or floor outlet positions, and leaves again.
Pre-termination has two main advantages over the traditional approach; firstly reduced time on site and secondly offering an improved quality of the terminations from a controlled environment at the Structured Cabling vendors premise or by certain Installers own premises.
Pre-terminated cabling has become more popular when time on site is at an absolute premium when working around other trades. Example: in a new build for a Data centre, where time scales are always critical as various different trades want to work on any particular bit of floor space at any time.
Again Pre-terminated cables lend themselves in other time-critical areas such as live sites that need additional cabling where the costs and implications of downtime are not acceptable, such as a Trading floor or Call centre. These types of facilities generally insist that all its cabling upgraded or extended in one overnight operation.
Pre-terminated fibre cabling had gone along the way with the introduction of the MPO connect which supports 12 fibres of OM3, OM4 or OS1. The advantage of this connector is its size and the fibre is factory terminated saving time and again done in a sterile environment.