G.652 was originally developed in 1984 by ITU-T Study Group XV. Subsequently, revisions were published in 1988, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, and 2016 (from 1997 as Study Group 15).

Optical fiber connectors are used to join optical fibers where a connect/disconnect capability is required. The basic connector unit is a connector assembly. A connector assembly consists of an adapter and two connector plugs. Due to the sophisticated polishing and tuning procedures that may be incorporated into optical connector manufacturing, connectors are generally assembled onto optical fiber in a supplier’s manufacturing facility. However, the assembly and polishing operations involved can be performed in the field, for example to make cross-connect jumpers to size.