First Survey of MPO Networks Finds Deployment Expected
to Grow By More Than 20 Percent in the Next Three Years

New Global Survey by VIAVI Highlights Challenges of Rapid Growth in Multi-Fiber Connectivity for Service Providers, Cabling Contractors

Viavi Solutions Inc. has released the results of a global study that examines the rise of parallel optics and multi-fiber connectivity in service provider networks, enterprises and data centers. According to the VIAVI 2018 MPO study, deployment of ribbon fiber and multi-fiber push on (MPO) connectors is expected to grow by more than 20 percent in the next three years, creating significant challenges for network operators and cabling contractors.

As bandwidth demands escalate and network infrastructure is pushed to the limits, multi-fiber connectors are becoming increasingly required to meet the demand for fiber and cable density, and support for next-generation architectures that utilize parallel optics. As a result, cabling contractors and network technicians are now challenged to deal with added complexities and increased time needed for testing and troubleshooting multi-fiber networks. The VIAVI 2018 MPO study reveals the challenges and opportunities experienced by hundreds of installers, managers and operators of telco and enterprise networks. The study is available here for download.

“Relentless bandwidth demand and network convergence are driving the need for a higher degree of cable and connector density across the entire network – core, metro, access and data center,” said Craig Black, Senior Director and General Manager of Fiber Optic Test, VIAVI. “This confluence of trends is challenging everyone to deploy denser and simpler MPO solutions, and for installers and technicians to be more diligent as they inspect, test and certify MPO cables, in order to ensure optimum network performance.”

Global MPO Study Highlights

  • Contaminated connectors are the number one cause of troubleshooting MPO networks.
  • As many as 40 percent of respondents are already working with MPO regularly.
  • Over half of the respondents predict multi-fiber connectivity will grow by more than 20 percent in the next three years.
  • Port density and faster speed were found to be the top reasons for implementing MPO.
  • Four out of five respondents spend up to 20 percent of their work week troubleshooting physical network issues.

MPO Study Methodology

VIAVI conducted the first global MPO study to gather insight into the pervasiveness of multi-fiber connectivity and the ensuing challenges. Study results were compiled from 200 respondents selected based on experience working with MPO technology, including designers, installers, managers and operators of service provider and enterprise fiber networks. Respondents represented diverse geographic regions with 74 percent in North America, 12 percent in UK and EMEA, 10 percent in Latin America, and 4 percent in Asia Pacific. Responses were collected in April of 2018 via online surveys.