FiberPlex' new FOI-6010 is a universal SFP/SFP+ (small form-factor pluggable) frame that can interchange SFP modules for a variety of formats and uses, including interfacing new singlemode fiber
cable into existing multimode fiber build-outs.
From the data center, 12 strands of singlemode fiber
, 12 strands of laser-optimized 50-micron multimode fiber and 50-pair Category 3 copper voice cable feed most intermediate distribution frames (IDFs).
"The use of multimode and singlemode fiber
within the campus backbone allows us to use low-cost equipment and multimode optical fiber now," Marsh notes, "while providing our future bandwidth requirements served by singlemode optical fiber."
Implemented by the enterprise networks division of Siemens ICN, Reston, VA, the structured cabling network encompasses 90 miles of NORDX FiberExpress 300 and Singlemode fiber
, 452 miles of NORDX 2400 Series CAT 6 and 1200 Series CAT 5E copper cable, 12 miles of interduct, and 10,600 faceplates with more than 100,000 telephone and data jacks.
The backbone consists of 25-pair CAT 5e for voice and 24 multimode/24 singlemode fiber
to the MCC (Main Cross Connects).
And, while only about 1% of the system uses singlemode fiber
, future upgrade plans call for using singlemode in all major node locations.
The optimal mixed-media solution is singlemode fiber
for the backbone, offering nearly unlimited bandwidth and high reliability, and either copper or multimode fiber to the desktop, with the segments joined by media conversion tools that bridge the gap between disparate technologies.
By installing multimode and singlemode fiber
throughout the building, Gilbert has effectively jumped off the "recabling treadmill." Because fiber is protocol-independent and accommodates high transmission rates over long distances, the communications infrastructure at 55 Broad is expected to handle all current or envisioned applications.