A Guide to Understanding the MTP Connector in Full!

MTP Connectors are components widely used in high-density network applications such as data centers, broadcast communication, and industrial control applications. Since its launch, the MTP network cabling solution has been widely popular in 40G/100G/400G high-speed network cabling. How much do you know about this special high-performance and high-density cabling solution? This article will provide a comprehensive introduction to MTP connectors and related information.

What are MTP connectors?

MTP is a registered trademark of US Conec, which stands for Multi-fiber Termination Push-on. When discussing MTP connectors in daily operations, MPO connectors are often considered interchangeable.

Although MTP connectors fully comply with the MPO standard and are fully compatible with MPO connectors, MTP connectors are not exactly the same as MPO connectors. Unlike the standard interface type MPO, MTP can be considered a high-performance version of the MPO connector.

MTP connectors can provide fast connections for up to 72 fiber cores, among which 8-core, 12-core, and 24-core fibers are the most common types. These connectors can be connected to different fiber optic cables to become MTP backbone jumpers, such as 24-core MTP-to-MTP backbone jumpers or MTP-LC branch jumpers, which can be connected to fiber optic distribution boxes through adapters.

Characteristics of MTP connectors

Although the outer dimensions and SNAP of MPO and MTP connectors are identical, MTP connectors use a unique design to improve optical and mechanical performance, achieving simple and fast installation and greatly improving the flexibility and stability of network cabling.

Simple and fast installation

MTP connectors consist of multiple fiber cores in a single plug. Compared with traditional fiber optic cabling systems, MTP cabling systems can save up to 75% of installation time. MTP connectors use a detachable shell design, which can not only remanufacture and repolish MT plugs but also achieve rapid conversion from female to male and vice versa. Whether in assembly or after assembly, MTP connectors with detachable shells provide users with a simple and efficient solution.


MTP connectors provide four standard strain relief outer sheaths. The short outer sheath design provides greater flexibility for fiber optic jumpers widely used in fiber optic cabling and can save 45% of space costs. There are also flexible strain relief outer sheaths, which enable cables to be stretched in the range of 0 to 90 degrees, improving cable management in cramped spaces.


Within MTP connectors, there is a metal latch that helps eliminate lost pins and center spring force. The spring design maximizes the ribbon gap between multiple fiber ribbons to prevent fiber damage. MTP connectors use a thermoplastic molded ring with stronger adaptability to different temperatures. This ring material keeps the diameter of the guide hole constant, resulting in a more reliable physical connection.

Overall, MTP connectors perform well in terms of easy installation, flexibility, and stability. While we cannot deny that MPO is cheaper than MTP in terms of cost, MTP is still a better option for high-performance networks.

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