MTP vs MPO Connectors

Choosing the right kind of connector is an important step in building a data infrastructure that will last. MTP and MPO are two types of common connectors that are widely used, however, there often exists great confusion between the two. While the two connectors can be used interchangeably, there are in fact major differences between them.

The MPO connector (short for multi-fibre push on) is a multi-fibre connector with a specific interface type, while the MTP connector is a more superior type of MTP connector with improved mechanical and optical performance capabilities. There are several reasons why MTP connectors are superior to generic MPO connectors.

Some of these include:

  • The MTP connector housing is removable, which allows for easy transition from male to female and vice-versa.
  • The MTP connector offers ferrule float for maximised mechanical performance and reduced strain during side load.
  • The MTP connector uses stainless steel guide pin tips, which are elliptical shaped to improve guidance and reduce guide hole wear.
  • The MTP connector has a metal pin clamp which centres the push spring, and therefore eliminates lost pins and potential fibre damage from the spring.


This should explain MTP versus MPO connectors in a brief nutshell, however, you can always contact us for more information about each product.