GR-326: Strengthening the weakest link in modern day ultrafast optical networks

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 In 2012, leading market and technology analysts announced their finding which concluded that in 2016, the worldwide consumption volume of connectors and mechanical splices will increase by a factor of 2, reaching over 1.57billion units as compared to the number of 703 million in 2011. The American region led in global market share with 54% in 2011. American consumption is forecast to expand to at an average annual growth rate of 10.8% during the forecast period.

The Asia Pacific (APAC) region is forecasted to show the fastest growth with an average annual growth rate of 25 percent (2011-2016). EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) fiber optic connector volume consumption, with 19.5 percent relative market share, trailed the secondplace APAC (Asia Pacific) region in 2011. The forecasted trend is evidently shown in Figure 1
As demand for optical connectors increases globally, so does the supply. Especially when one visits trade shows, one will find numerous suppliers offering from basic components to finished cable assembly products. One key fact that end users have discovered in recent years is ‘not all connectors are equal’. The quality, reliability, and performance of optical components and cable assembly products such as patch cords are assured by selecting the best components and by terminating and polishing with the best equipment and procedures.
These components and procedures must assure that the jumper assemblies meet or exceed the requirements of all pertinent industry specifications such as the internationally recognized GR-326 standards. This paper describes the relevance of the criteria in the applicable industry specifications, as well as the importance of the physical parameters and how they relate to the performance of the jumper assembly. DOWNLOAD THE WHITE PAPER

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Written by: Senko Public Relations Monday, 13 May 2013 19:00
 
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