MTP/MPO System for Different Applications

There is no doubt that 40/100/200/400G networks become the trend in today’s cyberspace. Many applications are pursuing the high bandwidth throughput, therefore using high-density patching is inevitable. But is there any good solution for high-density structured cabling? Definitely, MTP/MPO system solves your trouble with a wide range of MTP/MPO assemblies. It is a technique enabling multi-fiber connections to be used for data transmission. The high fiber count creates the endless possibilities of high-density patching. The easy installation of MTP/MPO assemblies also saves lots of operating time. There will introduce some regular MTP/MPO products and their common applications.

Common MTP/MPO Products

To accommodate the needs for high speed networks, MTP/MPO system has many optics to fit for different applications. There are usually MTP/MPO cables, MTP/MPO cassettes, MTP/MPO optical adapter and MTP/MPO adapter panels.

MTP/MPO cables are terminated with MTP/MPO connectors at one end or both ends. The fiber types are often OM3 or OM4 or OM5 multimode optical fibers. MTP/MPO cables has three basic branches of trunk cables, harness/breakout cables and pigtail cables. MTP/MPO trunkscan be made with 8, 12, 24, 36, 48, 72 or even 144 fibers for single-mode and multimode applications. MTP/MPO harness cables are usually terminated with a MTP/MPO connector at one end and different connectors, such as LC, SC, ST connectors, etc. at the other end. Pigtails only have one end terminated with a MTP/MPO connector, and the other end is used for fiber optic splicing with no termination.

As for theMTP/MPO cassettes, they are equipped with standard MTP/MPO connectors to be deployed in an ODF (optical distribution frame) for high-density MDA (main distribution area) and EDA (equipment distribution area) in data centers.

Other components like the black-colored MTP/MPO optical adapter and adapter panels build the connection between MTP/MPO cable to cable or cable to equipment.

More Product Options

Terminates ribbon fiber or loose individual fibers
Ruggedized round cable, oval cable and bare ribbon options available
Compatible with US Conec MT ferrules in fiber counts 4 – 24
Color coded housings available to differentiate fiber type, polish type and/or connector grad
Housing is removable for quick change of pin clamps and easy ferrule cleaning /re-polishing
No-epoxy housing design
Family of bulkhead adapters available

Compatibility With Other MPO Connectors

MPO style connectors that are compliant to industry standards are inter-mateable with the MTP connector. This means that changing from 1 style connector to the MTP connector and getting higher levels of performance is possible.

Which Standards Relate to MPO Connectors?

MTP connector is fully compliant with – FOCIS (aka TIA-604-5) – IEC-61754-7 – CENELEC EN50377-15-1 The MTP brand connector components are fully compliant with IEC Standard 61754-7 and TIA 604-5 – Type MPO.

The Advantages of MPO/MTP Solutions

As the new favorite of data center, the MPO/MTP solutions feature the following advantages:

Rapid Deployment

Since the MPO/MTP products are factory terminated, they can be installed easily and simply. They use a simple push-pull latching mechanism for easy and intuitive insertion and removal. Thus, the installing process only includes pull and plug, eliminating all unpredictable field termination troubles. It is estimated that the MPO/MTP solutions’ installation time can be reduced by up to 75% compared to traditional fiber cabling systems.

High Density

Being the same size as a SC connector, the MPO/MTP connector can accommodate 12/24 fibers, providing 12/24 times the density. Therefore, MPO/MTP connectors allow high-density connections between network equipment in telecommunication rooms, and offer savings in circuit card and rack space.

Cost Saving

As mentioned above, the installation process of MPO/MTP products is simple and easy. Therefore, the installation time involving a costly highly qualified workforce can be reduced to a minimum.


As we all know, most MPO/MTP products are modular solutions. This is the good choice to ease future expansion and for quick and easy system reconfiguration.


40/100/200/400G Ethernet is the developing trend in data center cabling system. Therefore, MPO/MTP cabling system becomes the ideal solution for the growing demands on high-capacity cabling data center. INTCERA provides a series of MPO/MTP solutions which are plug and play, simple installation, compact design and high precision. For more information, please contact us over sales@intcera.com.

Why MPO/MTP Solutions Are Needed in Data Center?

With the advent and popularity of cloud computing and big data, the demands for high-speed transmission and data capacity are becoming much greater than ever before. And 40/100/200/400G Ethernet is now a trend and hotspot for data center cabling system. Since MPO/MTP connectors are the up-and-coming standard optical interface for 40/100/200/400G Ethernet network, it is predicted that MPO/MTP solutions will eventually flood the data center. After all, the high fiber count in one connector creates endless possibilities.

Why is the MTP Connector Described as A High Performance MPO Connector?

There are features on the MTP connector that have been specially designed to give improved performance and better usability over generic MPO connectors. These design features are unique to the MTP and are patent protected. The key features are described below:
1. The MTP connector housing is removable.
Re-work and re-polish of the MT ferrule ensures overlife performance.
The gender can be changed after assembly or even in the field giving flexibility at point of use.
The ferrule is scanned interferometrically after assembly.
2. The MTP connector offers ferrule float to improve mechanical performance.
This allows two mated ferruled to maintain physical contact while under an applied load. (US Patent 6,085,003)
3. The MTP connector uses tightly held tolerance stainless steel elliptical guide pin tips. The elliptical shaped guide pin tips improve guidance and reduces guide hole wear. (US Patent 6,886,988)
4. The MTP connector has a metal pin clamp with features for centering the push spring. This feature:
Eliminates lost pins
Centers the spring force
Eliminates fiber damage from the spring mechanism
5. The MTP connector spring design maximizes ribbon clearance for twelve fibers and multifiber ribbon applications to prevent fiber damage.
6. The MTP connector is offered with four standard variations strain relief boot giving more flexibility over the cable used
A round loose fiber cable construction
Oval Jacketed Cable
Bare Ribbon Fiber
Short boot which reduces the footprint by 45%. Ideal for use in space limited applications.

Applications & Associated Standards

Array trunk cables / Array fiber to single fiber fanouts and cassettes
High fiber density card edge access / Optical switching interframe connections
IEC Standard 61754-7 / TIA/EIA 604-5 Type MPO Structured cabling per TIA-568-C Parallel Optics / Optical Internetworking Forum
(OIF) Compliant Infiniband Compliant / 10G Fiber Channel Compliant / 40G and 100G IEEE 802.3 SNAP 12 / POP 4 / QSFP

MTP® vs MPO Connectors Compare MTP to generic MPO connectors MTP® or MPO, What’s In A Name?
MPO is the industry acronym for “multi-fiber push on.” MPO connectors have more than 1 fiber in a single ferrule and snap into place by a mechanical mechanism.
The MTP Connector is one brand of MPO connector.
Due to the difficulties in mating two connectors with multiple fibers, as opposed to using single fiber connectors such as an LC connector, different brands of MPO give different performance.

The term MPO stands for Multi-fiber Push On and is a specific interface type. The MPO interface was developed to enable multi-fiber connectivity for higher density, higher bandwidth based applications requiring parallel or channel based optics. 12 and 24 fiber versions are currently used to direct connect into 40G and 100G transceivers and also used in high density fiber distribution areas. Higher fiber versions are also available (48, 72 fiber) but their use and deployment is currently limited.


The MTP® connector is specifically a brand of MPO interface connector that is owned by the leading US based optical R&D company US Conec. Like MPO it is based on the MT (mechanical transfer) ferrule technology which was developed by Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT) during the 1980s.

MTP® Design Features

A floating ferrule that aids in accurate alignment and improves performance of mated ferrules under stressed load conditions.

Elliptical guide pins that allows for better alignment by improving mating guidance and reducing hole wear.

Removable housing allowing for smoother transition of gender types in the field and easier access to performance testing and re-work of the MT ferrule.

The MTP® connector has a metal pin clamp that centers and guides the push spring. This feature eliminates lost guide pins, centers the spring force and eliminates damage to fiber cables from the spring.

The MTP® connector spring design maximizes ribbon clearance for twelve fiber and multi-fiber ribbon applications to prevent fiber damage.

The MTP® connector is offered with four standard variations of strain relief boots to meet a wide array of applications.

The MTP® connector is currently available in 4, 8, 12, 24, and 72 fibers densities for multimode fiber (50µm and 62.5µm core) and 4, 8, 12, and 24 fibers densities for single-mode fiber, as well as the MTP® Elite® (low-loss) single-mode connector in both 8 and 12 fibers densities. It is also important to note that the MTP® connector complies with the MPO standard as outlined in IEC standard 61754-7 and TI-604-5 and is therefore a fully compliant MPO connector and can interconnect directly with other MPO based infrastructures.

MTP® Connectors and MPO Connectors
MPO is the industry acronym for “multi-fiber push on.” MPO connectors have more than 1 fiber in a single ferrule and snap into place by a mechanical mechanism.
The MTP Connector is one brand of MPO connector.
Due to the difficulties in mating two connectors with multiple fibers, as opposed to using single fiber connectors such as an LC connector, different brands of MPO give different performance.
Typically, MPO connectors have had 12 fibers or multiples of 12 fibers (24, 48, 72). However, recently 8 fiber MPO connectors are being introduced to accommodate the uptake of BASE-8.
There are many designs of MPO on the market from the various manufacturers. The high end performance marketplace is dominated by the MTP connector. This connector offers reliable performance and the MT ferrule used in the connector is also used by many brands of equipment (CISCO, Brocade etc.) within their transceivers. By using the same ferrule in the transceiver and the connector cable ensures the highest performance.
We believe the market leading MPO connector in terms of performance and durability is the MTP® connector produced by US Conec – which is why our range is standardised on this product and is also probably why the connector is used by many other brands including Corning, Systimax by Commscope, TYCO Amp Net Connect / ADC Krone, Panduit, Siemon and many others.
MTP Connector Further Information

Are MT Ferrules Cleaned in the Same Way as Standard Connectors?

The best method available for cleaning MT ferrules to remove dust and oils which reduce optical performance is the use of an advanced dry cloth cleaning system like the IBC branded cleaning tool or an NTT-AT OPTIPOP.

The cleaning method is very simple as it involves a single pass. When using the recommended cleaning system contaminants are completely removed as opposed to using low grade cloths or swabs which just move the contaminants away from the fibers but leave them on the ferrule face.

1. The click cleaners and OPTIPOP family of cleaners are designed for use with both male and female connections and have options for single fiber ceramic ferrule connectors as well

2. The OPTIPOP cassette and card cleaners allow the owner to refill the cleaning clothes which can reduce cost per cleaning below traditional cleaning methods.

MTP® Connector Features
There are two aspects to the connector; the housing and the ferrule. There are multiple options of both which are used for different fiber core counts and different construction cables.
MT stands for mechanical transfer and an MT ferrule is a multi-fiber (usually 12 fibers) ferrule. The performance of the connector is determined by the fiber alignment and how this alignment is maintained after connection. Ultimately, the alignment is determined by the eccentricity and pitch of the fiber and how accurately the guide pins keep the fibers together during mating. The performance of any MPO connector can be improved if the tolerances of the pins and the moulding processes are reduced during manufacture.

INTCERA.COM, as a fiber network solution supplier, is now going to be ahead of the game with various MPO/MTP solutions that are designed for the reliable and quick operations in the data center. We offer a wide range of MPO/MTP solutions including trunk cables, harness cables, cassettes, fiber enclosure and so on.

What Will Data Center Benefit From MPO/MTP Solutions?

As the era of 40/100/200/400G network is coming, traditional LC cabling is no longer able to satisfy the demands for high data rate and high density in data center. The MPO/MTP cabling features replacing 12 or 24 LC connectors with one MPO/MTP connector, which is a high density, high performance solution for fast installation of enterprise data center and other high count cabling implementation.

UHD system modules can be installed in enterprise or campus networks using “plug and play” MTP/MPO or “just play” pre-terminated modules. Installation is fast and easy, which requires no professional fiber optics knowledge. Traditional splicing installati

UHD system is a small footprint and is perfect for reduced space in high-density rack environments. Modules can be pre-terminated or feature MTP/MPO ports for improved reconfiguration. In addition, they can be fitted with splice management for traditional installation techniques.


UHD system modules can be installed in enterprise or campus networks using “plug and play” MTP/MPO or “just play” pre-terminated modules. Installation is fast and easy, which requires no professional fiber optics knowledge. Traditional splicing installation techniques can also be applied. There is a wide selection of cable types including tight buffer, loose tube, micro cable, etc. for employment

Data Center Co-Location

Co-location data centers require flexibility of network expansions for new customers or new services. The pre-terminated UHD (ultra high density) MTP/MPO system is ideal for fast and rapid deployment or expansions in these networks.

Applications Data Center SAN (Storage Area Network)

MTP/MPO plug and play modules have been widely used in data centers, such as backbone products supporting hundreds of optical ports. Therefore, single cabinets must hold quantities of optical interconnections and patch cords. Since SAN needs high-density and modular cabling for easy reconfiguration, MTP/MPO plug and play modules are perfect to meet the requirements of these infrastructures.


In a word, MTP/MPO system is a perfect solution suited for high-density applications. The MTP/MPO products are designed to be space-saving and easy to manage. Initial investment for MTP/MPO assemblies might be expensive, but it is a wise and cost-effective decision to deploy the system for your application in the long run.