Screen Shot 2017-01-16 at 5.04.36 PMProblem Solved!  Here’s an MDU solution that’s as easy as 1-2-3…

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 methodology to efficiently organize the microtubes used to house the individual fibers running throughout the building.

The MDU Opportunity

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.  Using the speed of light, town homes, apartments, condominiums, retirement homes and more 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.”

  • Greenfield developments, as the name implies are newly-built housing communities consisting of many separate living units typically joined together in one or several buildings.  Given that a service provider has access to place new infrastructure during the initial housing build, fiber may be placed to every living unit, providing the potential for a sizable broadband “pipe” for the future residents of each home.
  • Brownfields, on the other hand, are those hundreds or thousands of MDUs that already exist in a typical urban area.  These buildings vary greatly in age, type of construction and most importantly to service providers, communications infrastructure.

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.

Deploying an efficient Brownfield Demarcation Point

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.

FDE – Fiber Demarc Enhanced Access Box

A simple solution to this deployment challenge may be found in a demarcation box such as the All Systems Broadband FDE Fiber Demarc Box.  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.

Building fiber into a new MDU (aka Greenfield)

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 unit may then be run back to central closet(s) and spliced as required inside a closure made specifically for this purpose.  Because 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 ASB Fiber Splice Box (FSB) is an ideal, low cost solution.

FSB-A Fiber Splice Box

FSB-A Fiber Splice Box

Products Featured in this Solution

Fiber Splice Box (FSB)
ASB offers several splice boxes with capacities ranging from 72 FIbers in a tray optimized configuration, and up to 288 fibers when the FSB 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.

Slack Storage Box
This box provides an efficient point of demarcation between a service providers fiber network, and the customer. Our side-by-side arrangement provides a lockable compartment in which the service provider may perform splicing of ribbon or loose tube fibers. The enclosure is also designed to house various types of passive devices allowing the provision of wavelength and other advanced services. The customer’s side of the box is also lockable and provides an easy connection point for fibers in the customer’s own network.

Microduct Manifold
The Microduct Manifold organizes and secures microduct tubes. The innovative design of this manifold achieves strong and consistent tube retention force across all tube positions. A cover is included to protect fibers as they transition from the microduct tubes to the wall mount enclosure, providing seamless protection for customer installations.  Microduct manifold kits have been created for both 24 and 72 tube installations in a variety of tube sizes.

FDE Fiber Demarc Box
This box provides an efficient point of demarcation between a service providers fiber network, and the customer.  Our side-by-side arrangement provides a lockable compartment in which the service provider may perform splicing of ribbon or loose tube fibers.  The enclosure is also designed to house various types of passive devices allowing the provision of wavelength and other advanced services.  The customer’s side of the box is also lockable and provides an easy connection point for fibers in the customer’s own network.