TE Connectivity has announced the QRapid Fiber Panel, a new version of its Rapid Fiber Panel that incorporates Quareo physical layer management technology—comprising connection point identification (CPID) for real-time visibility into network add-ons, moves, and changes, the company said. “This new panel improves speed and efficiency in central office fiber deployments while slashing deployment costs,” TE Connectivity added.
The QRapid Fiber Panel is a 1RU, 48-port or 3RU, 144-port rack-mountable fiber distribution panel that incorporate TE Connectivity’s RapidReel fiber cable spool and contains electronics that enable it to function as part of TE’s Quareo physical layer management system. The company noted that the panel’s functionality provides a user with the ability to know in real time whether each front port of the panel is connected, and to what other equipment the port is connected.
“The Rapid Fiber Panel technology incorporated in the QRapid Fiber Panel eliminates the need for site visits to measure exact lengths, removing the costly time it takes for custom ordering of fiber distribution panels,” explained Pat Thompson, director of global product management at TE. “because the panel stores fiber on a spool, technicians can simply pull out the amount of fiber needed to make a connection and the excess fiber remains stored in the panel.”
TE Connectivity pointed out the following benefits the QRapid Fiber Panel provides.
- Physical layer management—Expands options for central office and data center network architects who want to gain an accurate, real-time view of the physical network.
- Cost savings—RapidReel cable spools reduce upfront deployment costs by simplifying site survey inspections, reducing labor hours and streamlining cable deployment.
- Faster deployment—The preconnectorized, plug-and-play solution eliminates splice labor requirements and speeds network construction.
- Easy access—The panels technician-friendly, front-facing interface ensures trouble-free maintenance and fast service turnups.