With fibre optic cabling growing in importance as technology advances, the new tray system HD SCM will be welcomed in the region for the advantages it offers
Swiss cabling specialist R&M’s new HD SCM street cabinet is helping technological advancement in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, a senior official says.
Fibre optic cabling is the backbone of the high-performance broadband networks being deployed by telecom and network operators across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region. R&M’s new tray system can house up to 50 per cent more fibre optic connections than a similarly sized box, and has been specifically designed for connecting, distributing and managing a large number of optic fibres in a tiny space.
“Few people realise just how much the technological advancement in the Mena region depends on fibre optic cabling,” said Shibu Vahid, head of technical operations, R&M Middle East, Turkey and Africa. “High speed broadband internet, 4G LTE mobile networks and video surveillance and security are just a few examples of applications that require fibre deployments. As the need for these services explodes, telcom firms in the region are rapidly expanding their fibre networks. This means an unprecedented growth in the number of fibre connections and consequently, the need to better deploy and manage all these cables,” he said.
“With the new HD SCM, we have delivered industry-highest packing density with a simplicity of installation that is a key feature of our innovative solutions. This enables network operators to quickly and efficiently deploy the product for highly scalable Fibre to the Home (FTTH) solutions. As fibre optic roll outs across the region grow in size and complexity, we will continue to bring solutions to market that meet and exceed market requirements.”
The HD SCM street cabinet can house as many as 1,728 splice connections – a world record in this segment. Up to 120 conduits with fibre optic cables can be drawn into the distribution cabinet. These conduits are fixed in place with a single click in a newly developed strain relief device thus saving the use of cable ties and screw connections. Attention was also paid to quick assembly and all components in the distributor platform can be mounted and retrofitted without the use of special tools. The splice area can be swiveled out like a collapsible table, allowing users to work all around on the trays, splices and fibre management.
R&M offers the new street cabinet in four different sizes and with variable possible uses. This approach allows a flexible adaptation to various infrastructures and cabling strategies or to special site conditions. Specific adaptations and individually pre-terminated SCM modules can be provided to accommodate special applications, proprietary standards and national specifications. The R&M platform supports blow-in and loose-tube cabling.
The minimum bending radius of 40 mm is one of the outstanding features of the SCM products. This stress-free radius minimises attenuation losses in the fibres and facilitates easier handling during installation. That has a decisive effect on loss-free signal transmission over the long term. With the SCM system, R&M is the only supplier on the market to guarantee the 40 mm minimum bending radius throughout all network levels even in connections with a high packing density.
R&M (Reichle & De-Massari AG) develops and manufactures passive cabling solutions for communication networks. The company’s high-quality copper and fibre optic cable products are well regarded in the global marketplace. R&M has established its own marketing organisations in 30 countries, grouped into eight sales regions. It achieves around two thirds of its sales abroad and every year it invests 5 per cent of sales in research and development.
R&M is wholly owned by the Reichle family and run as an independent family-owned company.