FEBRUARY 23, 2009 -- Secure, weather-tight protection is a priority for service providers deploying fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks. To meet these requirements, the 3M Communication Markets Division (search for 3M) says it now offers the SLiC Fiber Aerial Terminal Closure 530 for factory-terminated external cable assembly module (ECAM) FD drop.
Like the SLiC 530 closure for direct splice drops, also introduced today, the SLiC 530 closure for factory-terminated fiber drops features a two-in-one housing design for easy installation and additional environmental protection.
According to 3M, the SLiC Fiber Aerial Terminal Closure 530 with Internal Drop Termination for Factory-Terminated ECAM FD Drop is an aerial, strand-mount, breathable fiber terminal for FTTP applications, suitable for inline, taut sheath, and butt splicing configurations.
The new SLiC fiber terminal features a two-closure-in-one housing design, which separates the drop chamber from splice chamber. This allows the terminal to be accessed for fiber drop terminations without opening the splice chamber. Locking tabs on the terminal box provide greater network security. Single-piece construction ensures weather-tight protection as well as easy installation and provides access to the splice without removal of the closure or terminal from the cable.
The SLiC 530 accommodates 4, 6, 8, or 12 ECAM FD Factory Terminated SC/APC or SC/UPC Fiber Drops from 3M. In the SLiC 530, the drop cable is terminated inside the terminal. This helps to reduce the potential for connector contamination and provides better drop security than externally terminated drop cables, say company representatives. SLiC fiber closures and terminals are designed to Telcordia's GR-771-CORE Issue 2, July 2008, Generic Requirements for Fiber Optic
Splice Closures - Free-breathing closures.
ECAM FD is a factory-terminated drop with SC/APC or SC/UPC connectors on one or both ends, available in lengths ranging from 50 to 1000 ft (15 to 305 m). The design of the ECAM FD fiber drop allows the SC connector to be replaced with a field assembled connector, thus allowing the drop cable to be salvaged if the SC connector is damaged. The ECAM FD is shipped with a pulling sock to protect the drop and to allow the drop to be pulled through trees and conduits as small as 1.25 inches.