Why Are FS MTP Cables Ideal for High-Density Data Centers?

Updated on Nov 22, 2021

The unceasing demand for higher bandwidth has triggered the cabling system to build ever-faster links in data centers. MTP cabling system is becoming the default cabling solution for various data centers to achieve faster speed and higher performance, due to their large capacity and high stability optical fiber system. The following will explain the necessity and significance of the high-density MTP cabling system and present the FS MTP cabling solution for high-speed data centers.

MTP Cables: The Trend of Future Data Centers

Traditionally, the tight-buffered multi-fiber cable needs to have each fiber individually terminated by a skilled technician, which is complex and time-consuming. However, advanced MTP cables with MTP connectors support the pre-terminated carrying of multiple fibers. These pre-terminated MTP cables can house up to 72 fibers with 12-fiber and 24-fiber arrays being the most common, in the forms of male versions (with pins) or female versions (without pins). The MTP cables emerge to accommodate a higher volume of fibers, which is a perfect fit for a data center with limited spaces to meet the requirements of high-density optical fiber writing. For more information about MTP cables, please read An Overall Introduction of MTP/MPO Cables.

FS MTP Cabling Solutions Help to Scale Your Infrastructure

FS MTP cables have excellent performance in ensuring signal stability, facilitating network upgrades, and saving maintenance time and cost, which makes FS MTP cabling solutions the optimal solutions designed for high-speed, high-density, and well-organized cabling trends in data centers. Besides, the MTP cabling solutions can also minimize accidental signal instability and boost durability, realizing high-density and stable data transmission in large data centers, due to the innovative design of the multi-core connectors.

More importantly, with the help of MTP cables, the interconnection between devices and network upgrades in data centers can be more time-saving and effortless. In addition to the direct connections between the same rates, FS MTP cabling system makes it more convenient and efficient to upgrade low-rate 10G/25G/40G networks to high-rate 100G/200G/400G networks. Hereby, the workforce and maintenance time and costs could reduce correspondingly, resulting in high ROI.

FS MTP cabling solutions

FS MTP Cabling Options for Various Needs

There exists a broad array of MTP cabling components for rapid connection and deployment in data centers, including MTP cables, MTP® PRO cables, MTP adapters, and adapter panels.

FS MTP Cables

Generally, there are three MTP cables on FS.com: trunk cable, breakout cable, and conversion cable.

FS MTP Trunk Cable

MTP trunk cable has MTP/MPO connectors (female/male) at both ends to connect modules as a permanent link. It is ideal for the high-density request—typically accommodating 8, 12, 16, 24, 32, 48, and 72 fibers. The application scenarios are usually twofold:

  • Direct Connection: FS MTP trunk cables can realize a smooth direct connection for optical modules like 40GBASE-SR4/PLR4, 100GBASE-SR4/SR10, 200GBASE-SR8, and 400GBASE-SR8.

  • Interconnection: FS MTP trunk cables can accomplish structured cabling through the interconnection of cassettes and panels, which facilitates the rapid deployment of high-density backbone cabling in high-density environments.

MTP trunk cable

FS MTP Breakout Cable

MTP breakout cable, also known as MTP-LC harness cable, has a single MTP connector on one end that breaks out into 4, 6, 8, or 12 LC connectors (can be LC, SC, ST, etc.), providing a transition from multi-fiber cables to simplex or duplex connectors. FS MTP harness cables offer the appropriate reliable, cost-effective cabling options for different network upgrades including 10G/25G/50G networks to 40G/100G/400G networks.

MTP breakout cable

FS MTP Conversion Cable

Sharing the same fanout design with the MTP breakout cable, the MTP conversion cable, however, is terminated with MTP connectors on both ends. Generally, MTP conversion cables use 24 fibers and have different variations for different applications, like 1x24 fibers to 2x12 fibers, 1x24 to 3x8, and 3x8 to 2x12. The FS conversion cables are particularly ideal for 10G-40G, 40G-40G, 40G-100G, and 40G-120G connections, which eliminate fiber wasting and largely increase the flexibility of the existing 12-fiber and 24-fiber MTP/MPO cabling system.

FS MTP® PRO cables

The MTP® PRO cable is bend-insensitive and pre-terminated with MTP® PRO connectors, factory polished for low loss performance. Compared with conventional MTP patch cords, the MTP® PRO connector features flexible key and pin switching, allowing users to change the polarity and pins using the MTP PRO conversion tool without disassembling the connector. The flexible MTP PRO fiber patch cable with the powerful and easy-to-use field tool for MTP® PRO connectors can effectively help users solve the problem of MTP backbone fiber patch cable selection errors and save the cost and time of deployment, making it a perfect choice for high-density cabling in data centers.

MTP® PRO cable

FS MTP Adapters & Adapter Panels

MTP adapters are usually used as accessories for MTP patch cords. They fit any MTP® Connector from 4 fiber to 72 fiber, widely used in trunk cabling and cassettes. Typically, there are two types of crucial orientation: aligned key (up to up) & opposed key (up to down), both of which provide the connection between cable to cable or cable to equipment in the MTP style.

As the intermediate connection between the backbone and the patch cable, MTP adapter panels pre-loaded with fiber adapters can provide a more stable, compact solution for the network. What's more, FS MTP adapter panels also support interconnect or cross-connect capability in housing at main cross-connects, intermediate cross-connects, telecommunication rooms, or work areas.

FS MTP adapters & adapter panels


Since MTP cables and relevant MTP cabling assemblies meet the trend of faster speeds and higher density cabling in data centers, they have paved the way for establishing high-performance networks in data centers. What's more, the FS fiber cabling solution features plug-n-play, easy management, and expansion, and supports 40G/100G/400G upgrade, making it an ideal option for today's data center cabling.

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