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Think You're Ready for the FTTx Drop Installation?

Posted by Dave Daly

Take our quiz to find out.

When it comes to actually implementing an FTTx network, there are many details to pay attention to.

Choices have to be made based on landscape topography – there is a big difference between an FTTx drop installation in rural and urban landscapes. Regulatory issues need to be addressed. Technical factors must also be carefully weighed – techniques like cable blowing and pulling only work in certain situations.

It is also critical that customers are not inconvenienced at any point during an FTTx implementation. No customer wants their property to be at the center of a major civil engineering project..

Then there is the matter of cost.


Lastly, it's important to consider whether the solution needs to be future-proof. Some cable can be ripped and replaced. But there are other options, such as direct unducted cable, which, once installed, cannot easily be removed or replaced.

These are just some of the many decisions that have to be made before beginning an FTTx implementation.

Do you think you are ready? Take the quiz below to find out.

Construction/installation questions

  1. What types of damage can be done to fiber optic cable during installation?
  2. What tools would you need to pull fiber optic cable? What tools would you need to push fiber optic cable? What tools would you need to blow fiber optic cable?
  3. When would you use tight buffered vs. loose tube type of cables?
  4. What are the options for terminating fiber optic cable?
  5. What is the best way to clean fiber optic connectors?
  6. When should 900m fiber be used for fiber to the CPE?

Operations questions

  1. What is optical return loss and why is it important?
  2. What are the relevant differences between FTTB, FTTC, FTTH, FTTP and FTTN?
  3. What is "stagger" length and why do you need it?
  4. Is DWDM, or CWDM a viable option for your current fiber infrastructure to grow in the future?

Management questions

  1. What type of fiber network is required to run at gigabit speed?
  2. What are the market demographics and locations for the best service penetration and ROI?
  3. What capacity per subscriber is required today and in the future?

How well did you score? Fill out the form below to find out the answers.

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Topics: Fiber to the premises, Design and Install, Fiber to the home

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