Street cabinets are metal or plastic housings placed above ground often on pedestrian pathways. They enable a relatively easy and rapid access to fiber circuits and can handle large fiber capacities. In many ways, they can offer ODF type of flexibility. Street cabinets are often used to terminate larger feeder cables and manage distribution cabling including microducts for blown fiber and/or subscriber drop connections.
Street cabinets also store splitter devices in PON architectures and allow flexible splicing and/or patching for customer-dedicated fibers. Very often they also house active equipment to support Vectoring and G.fast services over copper. Street cabinets need to be secure and strongly built to withstand vandal attacks and traffic accidents.