TE Connectivity leads EU research project on fibre connector

Telecompaper - November 1, 2012

TE Connectivity announced the launch of a new European research initiative aimed at accelerating the roll-out of fibre networks. VECTOR (Versatile Easy installable Connector implementing new Technologies for accelerated fiber Optic network Roll-outs in Europe) is a partnership between European universities and the telecom industry that will conduct research activities aimed at developing a field installable optical fiber connector system. The system would greatly accelerate the deployment of extended fibre-optic networks. 

Installing connectors on tiny optical fibres in the field currently requires highly specialized personnel and a multitude of dedicated tools. Dust and dirt make it almost impossible to achieve field connections with a quality level close to the one attainable in a factory or lab environment. The new research group aim to create a connector system that guarantees factory-like performance during field installation. 

VECTOR is using the latest developments in the field of heat-shrinkable materials, nano materials, high-tech gels, micro-fabrication and micro-mechanical alignment systems to achieve optical connections with superior specifications. 

The project is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and coordinated by TE Connectivity (through its Belgium entity, Tyco Electronics Raychem BVBA). VECTOR also relies on contributions from DEMCON Advanced Mechatronics (Netherlands), Celoplas – Plasticos para a Industria (Portugal), Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Universiteit Gent (Belgium), Telecom Italia and Telekom Deutschland.