Unlocking the Potential: MTP® OM5 Cables for 5G Networks

Posted on Aug 9, 2023

As businesses and industries adopt digital transformation, the demand for dependable and fast 5G networks will keep increasing. Fiber network infrastructure, including MTP® OM5 fiber cables, is one of the key factors contributing to the success of 5G technology. To understand MTP® OM5 cable and why it's popular on 5G networks, read this post for more information.

A Brief Introduction to MTP® OM5 Cables

MTP® OM5 is a type of multimode MTP® fiber optic cable that utilizes a high-density MTP® connector. This connector can accommodate up to 288 individual fibers and effectively save the space of high-density wiring, making it an ideal solution for data centers.

OM5 fiber has a set bandwidth and cable strength that works well with four inexpensive wavelengths between 840 nm and 953 nm. It helps with SWDM applications, which means it requires fewer fibers for fast transmissions. You can see the OM4/OM5 comparisons below to find the transmission advantages of OM5 fiber cables. In addition, MTP® OM5 cabling is backward compatible with MTP® OM3 and OM4 cabling at 850 nm and it supports all legacy applications.

Type  MTP® OM4 MTP® OM5
10BbE 400m 400m
40GbE 150m 150m
100GbE 150m 150m
40G SWDM4 400m 500m
100G SWDM4 100m 150m

Why Are MTP® OM5 Cables Popular in 5G Applications?

Excelling in Connectivity with High Bandwidth

MTP® OM5 fibers cater to the high bandwidth requirements of 5G applications such as autonomous driving, Internet of Things (IoT), and augmented reality. These advanced applications generate enormous amounts of data that necessitate real-time and reliable connections. With its high bandwidth and low latency, MTP OM5 optical cable offers a dependable connection. OM5 fiber optic cables provide a significantly wider bandwidth compared to OM3 and OM4 fiber optic cables, as illustrated in the table below. Furthermore, when used at the same rate, OM5 fiber can offer longer connections without any significant loss, particularly when combined with SWDM technology.

Bandwidth Comparison
Fiber Type Effective Bandwidth Full injection Bandwidth
850nm 953nm 850nm 953nm 1310nm
OM3 >2000 / >1500 / >500
OM4 >4700 / >3500 / >500
OM5 >4700 / >3500 1850 >500

Space-saving Cabling with Compact MTP® Connector

Using MTP® OM5 optic fibers in 5G cabling deployment can save time and space. MTP® connector changed the fiber optic industry by drastically reducing installation time and simplifying future updates. With the ability to connect up to 8/12/24 fibers at a time, installers could complete a day-long job in just a few hours. Additionally, the MTP® connector was designed for high-density applications, holding up to six times more fibers than duplex connectors (from 144 fibers to 864 fibers) in place of a 1U housing. This made it ideal for data centers with limited space and large amounts of cables.

Additionally, MTP® connector was designed for high-density applications. With four MTP®-24 Key Up to adapter panels fitting into a 1U housing, up to 1,152 fibers can be accommodated in a compact space. This made it ideal for data centers with limited space and large amounts of cables.


Exploring the Future with 400G Technology

MTP® OM5 fiber cable supports 400G high-speed applications. As data centers evolve to support 400G and beyond, the importance of MTP® OM5 fiber optic cable will increase. MTP® OM5 offers higher capacity per fiber, allowing for longer reach and fewer fibers required in SWDM applications. In fact, the extended reach in 100G and 400G applications with an SWDM is 50% farther than OM4 in 400G, plus it uses 50% less fibers.

With its high-speed transmission and low loss, MTP® OM5 is an ideal choice for future innovations in networking technology such as edge computing and Industry 4.0. As the data center continues to evolve, MTP® OM5 fiber optic cable will become increasingly important in supporting the high-speed data transmission requirements of modern networks.

Industry 4.0


The popularity of MTP® OM5 fiber cables will increasingly grow with the deployment and maturity of 5G technology. Because MTP OM5 fibers provide high-bandwidth connectivity with low latency and simplify deployment. Overall, the future looks bright for 5G technology and MTP® OM5 optic fiber cables, with endless possibilities for emerging technologies to leverage their capabilities and drive innovation in various fields.

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