MTP Connectors: Everything you need to know.

9th Nov 2021

MTP Connectors: Everything you need to know.

An MTP connector, also termed as Multifiber Termination Push-on/Pull-off connector, is widely used in high-density network applications, such as broadcast communications, industrial control, and most data centers. MTP® cabling, which is ideally suited to high-speed networks such as 40G/100G/400G, has been welcomed by many network installers. 

Do you have any idea how many features this high-density, high-performance cabling solution has? In this article, we will dive deep into the related information about MTP Connectors. 

What is an MTP Connectors?
A Multi-fiber Termination Push-on connector is also known as an MTP® connector and it is used for terminating Multifiber cables that support up to 24 fiber strands per connector for all practical purposes. It uses the same form-factor and type of multiplex push-pull coupling (SNAP) as the standard MPO fiber connector, with improvements to attenuation, reflection, and coupling. MTP connectors are manufactured by US Conec and offer improved structural strength as well as improved materials.
The ferrule is similar to the MT (Mechanical Transfer), but it can be easily reconnected. A MPO connector may degrade over time and under load, and this may negatively impact the transmission of high-performance signals. As a result of improvements in its manufacturing process, it has a reduced insertion loss, which will not change excessively under temperature fluctuations due to high traffic levels, and is therefore able to guarantee a secure and reliable connection. Due to compliance with the MPO standard, the MTP optical connector is fully compatible with MPO equipment and backwards compatible.

Why to choose MTP Connector?

Unlike other connectors, the MTP connector significantly reduces insertion loss. By enabling high data transfer rates of 40G or 100G, optical fiber networks can operate much more efficiently. The highest level of performance can therefore be achieved using the MTP connector in environments that call for it.
Several MTP fiber optic connectors and cables have also gained traction among installers. A single lightweight fiber cable assembly can carry dozens of fibers. In a single connector body, MTP connectors can accommodate up to 144 individual fibers. In the datacenter and communication industries, the most common fibers are 8 and 12. By using this high density and high performance optical connector, large quantities of individual fiber patch panels can be installed with considerably less bulk and expense. Thus, enabling networks to be up and running quickly.
MTP Elite Connector
Fiber optic connectivity has been improved even further with MTP® Elite connectors. As of today, they represent the highest performing Multifiber connectors available. MTP Elite Connectors are made at a higher quality standard than regular MTP fiber connectors, so the diameter and locations of their mating pins and holes are an industry first. The resulting performance is outstanding. Fibershield technology and OptoSpan's MTP Elite Fiber cables deliver the highest level of performance and bandwidth for discriminating buyers.

What Are Male MTP® Connector and Female Connector?

MTP® optical fiber connectors are made up of optical fiber, sheath, coupling components, metal rings, pins (PIN needle), dust caps, etc. Two types of pins are available:
Female connectors don't have pins; male connectors do. Two MTP® connectors connected with each other are aligned precisely through pins, and there must be a male and a female connector on each end. MTP® polarity is affected by a number of factors, including gender (male/female), orientation (KeyUp/KeyDown, KeyUp/KeyUp), and endface alignment (straight or angled). The polarity of an optical fiber link is the match between the transmitter and the receiver. Normal transmission is only possible when the connector is polarized correctly. A variety of MTP® trunk cables can be configured to use Type A, Type B, or Type C of system polarity by following TIA-568 standards.
Features of MTP Connector
Compared with generic MPO connectors, there are features on the MTP connector that have been specifically designed to improve performance and usability. This is a patent-protected design feature. Below are the key features of an MTP Connector:
1. The MTP connector housing can be removed.
In addition, MT ferrules are reworked and repolished to ensure long-term performance.
It's possible to change the gender after assembly or in the field, giving you flexibility at the point of use.
An interferometric scan of the ferrule is performed after assembly.
2. Mechanical performance is improved by ferrule float in MTP connectors. While under an applied load, two mated ferrules maintain physical contact.
3. Stainless steel elliptical guide pin tips are used in the MTP connector. It improves guidance and reduces guide hole wear by having elliptical shaped guide pin tips.
4. Metal pin clamps in the MTP connector allow the spring to be centered. These features include:
Removes lost pins
Centers the spring force.
Eliminates fiber damage from the spring mechanism.
5. With its spring design, the MTP connector spring provides optimum ribbon clearance for applications requiring twelve fibre and multifibre ribbons.
6. Using the MTP connector spring design maximizes ribbon clearance for applications with 12 fibres and multifibre ribbons to prevent damage to the fibres.
A loose fibre cable constructed in a round shape
Oval Jacketed Cable
Bare Ribbon Fibre
Short Boots that reduce the footprint by 45%. Perfect for applications with limited space.
Cable Options for MTP Connectors
MTP/MPO connectors are becoming increasingly popular due to their superior reliability, and their ability to support fast transmission speeds in applications that require multiple fiber connections. MTP/MPO Connector Cable Options are:
Ribbon cable
Micro Distribution
Polarity Types
Polarity A
Polarity B
Polarity C
12 Fiber MTP/MPO 40 Gig SR4 Pinout
MTP/MPO Adapters/Mating Sleeves
MTP/MPO Gender
Now that you've read this introduction, you should have a more comprehensive understanding of MTP® connectors. A simple and reliable optical fiber cabling solution is provided by MTP® connectors and MTP® cabling systems.
In the near future, MTP® connectors will be used for many network applications for their effectiveness and future-proof features. You can visit our online store at Fibertechpartsdirect and get your high quality Telcom GradeMTP Connectors.