In modern FTTx builds, connectorized fiber access terminals are commonly the last point of interconnection between distribution, or F2, fibers and the service drop to the customer premises. During initial installation or over the service-life of the product, fiber access terminals sometimes require maintenance or repair. Though this need is commonly recognized by users of this technology, many fiber access terminals in the industry are factory sealed and not designed for re-entry. This paper discusses the advantages of re-enterable “plug and play” fiber access terminals from a cost, labor and long-term reliability perspective.
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