R&M ZOONA splice closure speeds FTTH broadband access network deployments

July 27, 2022
With its ZOONA splice closure, R&M says telecom companies can expand their FTTH broadband access networks to subscribers more quickly, even in rural areas. The unit's exterior distributor is easy to attach to buildings and masts.

With its newly introduced ZOONA splice closure, Reichle & De-Massari (R&M) aims to help make fiber to the home (FTTH) networks reach consumers more quickly.

The ZOONA is billed as a compact, robust, mechanically sealed splice closure suitable for classic FTTH network expansion and aerial deployment. The developer and provider of cabling systems for network infrastructures is currently launching the splice closure on the global market.

With the ZOONA closure, R&M contends telecom companies can expand their FTTH access networks more quickly. The unit's exterior distributor is designed to be easy to attach to buildings and masts.

The waterproof, impact-resistant splice closure can be installed at locations such as assembly shafts, masts and street cabinets. The unit has integrated wall holders. With the appropriate accessories, it can also be attached to round masts.

The QIKseal system

The closure's pre-terminated inlay with R&M fiber management capability offers a space for splice connections and splitter modules. The proprietary QIKseal system for cable entries covers various cable diameters and cable types.

R&M says its QIKseal system enables easy and efficient handling. Assembly can be carried out conveniently outside the splice closure without affecting cables already installed. The robust, mechanical sealing of each cable and the secure snap-in of the cable entries with tactile and acoustic feedback are also notable.

Assembly for the ZOONA splice closure requires neither special tools, time-consuming work preparation nor special expertise, states the manufacturer. Via the ZOONA closure, business and private subscribers can thus benefit from convenient, cost-friendly connections in suburban regions.

Splice closure capacity starts at 48 fibers

The capacity of the R&M ZOONA splice closure family starts at 48 fibers and four FMTS trays. Depending on the split ratio, the basic version can supply well over 100 FTTH subscribers. Further ZOONA closure variants are being planned, reports the company.

With the use of ZOONA in the pre-con version and pre-terminated aerial cables with IP-protected outdoor connectors, suppliers can set up FTTH access networks for entire districts or rural communities in just a few weeks, claims R&M.

The ZOONA splice closure is ideal for the expansion of additional fiber-optic connections, e.g. for 5G antenna sites and IoT applications in urban or industrial environments.

R&M expects that this flexibility will benefit local utility communications networks, as well as large industrial companies with their own 5G network coverage and smart cities with professional citizen services.

FTTH demand more urgent than ever

"In light of recent global developments, fiber to the home and the expansion of FO networks are becoming increasingly urgent," contends Thomas Ritz, market manager of public networks at R&M.

"Today, fiber optic connections are part of the basic supply – like water and electricity," he concludes. "The more we work, study and use digital services from home, the greater the demand."

Learn more about the R&M ZOONA splice closure family.

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