“Evolv Hardened Connectivity Solutions enables operators to push their networks to go faster, go simpler, go smaller and go anywhere.”
So according to Corning our world is getting smaller, as networks connect people and devices all over the globe. Next-generation passive optical and 5G networks promise to deliver life-changing applications at ever increasing speeds. These network architectures require advanced solutions to support increased bandwidth demands.
The company describes it as follows:
The newest component in Corning’s hardened connector portfolio offers robustness and reliability in a very small package. Designed for use in FTTx access networks where space and speed of installation translate into savings, the Pushlok connector enables faster connections with audible and tactile feedback upon insertion. Rugged, yet small, the connector platform and associated terminals meet the same performance attributes of Corning’s existing hardened connector portfolio.
What is a Pushlok connector?
The Pushlok connector is an entirely different hardened connector form-factor with a compact, durable, craft-friendly design. The single-fiber connector leverages an SC APC compatible ferrule, is backward compatible with widely deployed, threaded OptiTap ports with a field-installed adapter and can also be converted for use with standard SC APC patch panels.
Why was the Pushlok connector developed?
As wireline and wireless networks proliferate, new customer needs emerged that drove the design, including:
? Congested existing infrastructure assets – smaller connectors translate into smaller terminals, allowing them to be placed in existing handholes and pedestals
? Increasing pole attachment concerns – lightweight design allows for aerial suspension of terminals on its own stub tail with minimal hardware
? Skilled technician availability – intuitive insertion and feedback without the need for specialized labour
? Customer aesthetic requirements – more building owners and municipal permitting offices are challenging deployments because of aesthetics and space requirements
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How rugged is the Pushlok connector?
The Pushlok connector has undergone rigorous testing to ensure excellent, long-term durability. Tested to Telcordia GR-3120 which includes freeze/thaw, immersion, crush, humidity, and sealing tests among others to subject the connector to virtually any and all challenges it may face in a real-world deployment. It is also rated to IP68, defined by the IEC and used by the National Electrical Manufactures Association (NEMA) to indicate its uninterrupted performance in high-pressure immersion environments.
So with 5G here to stay yet again it become the driver for innovation and good design.
Nick Locke, Nicab Ltd