R&M is setting new standards for broadband suppliers with its PRIME Optical Distribution Frame (ODF), and enabling greater planning freedom for FO network operators.
PRIME ODF is a new-generation optical distribution system, suitable for small space as well as sites with high fiber density. They are compact and versatile optical-distribution modules, enabling flexible fiber-optic terminations. The tool-free system approach and high modularity guarantee uncomplicated migration into new and existing network infrastructures. Above-ground street cabinets and basements, main distributor frames, central offices, and POP sites are some of the most important locations for the PRIME ODF racks. Here, they form the nodes of local broadband networks, such as city rings and feeder networks. PRIME ODF is at home wherever space is limited and a high number of optical fibers need to be wired. The platform is also suitable for fiber-optic distribution in data centers. Backhaul networks from mobile communication providers are a further area of use.
With PRIME, R&M implements the principle of modularity. The distributors can be assembled, adapted, and extended like separate blocks. This approach makes it possible to plan with manageable investment costs. Network operators can react quickly to local FTTH demand and technical progress, and scale broadband networks to suit requirements. Up to 14 PRIME modules fit in a 19-inch or ETSI rack. No tools are required for assembly in R&M ETSI racks, making technicians’ work faster and network operators more flexible. The PRIME modules can be assembled from the front or back in 19-inch racks. A sub-rack can accommodate four PRIME fiber units. They can be combined and equipped in a variety of ways and retrofitted without tools. The PRIME range contains fiber units for fiber-optic termination, for splice and breakout cabling as well as for patch cord and over-length storage. At maximum capacity, optical fibers can be connected in an ODF with PRIME modules. When using the ultra-high-density LC adapters from R&M, the capacity of a PRIME ODF totals 5376 FO connections. The high packing density results in a decrease in the average costs per port. Drawer technology protects the fibers during assembly, maintenance, and cleaning. The fibers remain in the guide. A channel system protects the fibers on way to the splice area. The connectors can be detected and operated when the drawer is pushed in, and be pulled into a service position for cleaning and inspection.