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MPO/MTP Connector: Difference and Cleaning Recommendation

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MPO/MTP connectors provide an another alternative to LC and SC connectors, which have widely been applied to high-density applications. MPO connectors and MTP connectors are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but sometimes people would confuse differences between the MPO fiber connector and the MTP fiber connector. This article would touch the basics of MPO and MTP fiber connector, the differences between MPO vs MTP as well as the cleaning recommendation for them.

MPO Connector Vs. MTP Connector

MPO is short for “multi-fiber push on”, which is defined by IEC-61754-7 (common standard) and the U.S. TIA-604-5 Standard. Mechanical transfer (MT) ferrule technology lies at the heart of the MPO connector. MPO connectors are designed for 4-, 8-, 12-, 24-, 36-, 48-, 96-, 144 multi-fiber ribbon applications. MPO connectors can be divided as female-female, male-male and female-male connectors. The male connector has metal guide pins to ensure fiber alignment when mating while female connector has no pins. Nowadays, 12 fiber MPO connector and 24 fiber MPO connector have been broadly deployed into 40G and 100G cabling.


MPO vs MTP is literally different but they have the same meaning. MTP stands for “Multi-fiber Termination Push-on” connector, which is a registered trademark of US Conec and identifies a specific brand of the MPO-style connector. Therefore, the MTP connector is an MPO connector. But a MTP fiber connector is a high performance MPO fiber connector engineered for better mechanical and optical performance. So what makes the MTP connector superior to generic MPO connectors?

MPO vs MTP: MTP Connector Superior to MPO Connector

 The MTP connector has a removable housing.
 The MTP has a floating ferrule to improve mechanical performance.
 The MTP connector uses tightly held tolerance stainless steel elliptical guide pin tips.
 The MTP fiber connector has a metal pin clamp with features for centering the push spring.
 The MTP connector spring design maximizes ribbon clearance for twelve fiber and multi-fibre ribbon applications to prevent fiber damage.
 The MTP connector is offered with four strain relief boot variations to meet a wide array of applications.

MPO/MTP Connector Cleaner

Inspection and cleaning attaches great importance for MPO/MTP fiber connector since that issues with connector cleanliness and contamination are the greatest cause of network failure. Cassette cleaner is suitable for MPO/MTP connector dry cleaning.

Cassette cleaner is designed for effective cleaning of almost all fiber optic connectors with an accessible ferrule including LC, MU, SC, FC, ST, MPO/MTP, MTRJ and so on. If you only need to clean the accessible connector with a wide range of connector styles, it is an ideal choice for you. Moreover, it is more cost-effective for long-term using in terms of replacing the tape. When using cassette cleaner, please always remember that don’t reverse cleaning direction so as to avoid back wiping contaminants.



MPO vs MTP, both MPO connector and MTP fiber connector are preferred for high-density, bandwidth-greedy applications, which is now being adopted by more and more data centers for 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet migration. Fiber optic cleaning is a key part in whole fiber optic systems. Thus, choosing proper cleaning tools are very important for MPO/MTP cleaning. FS.COM provides the best solution for fiber optic cleaning like cassette cleaner.

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