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Is FTTC enough for the UK’s future superfast broadband needs?

Posted by Joe Byrne

Currently operators in countries around the world are investing heavily in rolling out fiber broadband to subscribers, either directly with Fiber to the Home (FTTH) or through halfway houses such as Fiber to the Cabinet (FTTC), as in the UK. This is increasing subscriber speeds, with the US average connection speed hitting 10.5 Mbps in Q1 2014, according to research from Akamai. Globally, the average speed is 3.9 Mbps, with South Korea heading the table with 23.6 Mbps.

Topics: Data/Statistics, Market trends

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How fiber protection is enabling next-generation automotive systems

Posted by Colin Dennison

Today’s cars are full of the latest electronic toys, making them a moving office and entertainment center all in one.

We have CD players, iPod ports, Bluetooth connections to our smartphones, Sat Nav with instant traffic feedback, front/rear view cameras, sensors, radar distance control to the car in front and voice activated controls, to name just a few. And this trend is increasing – cars are really becoming connected, mobile computing platforms that happen to have a steering wheel.

The growth of automotive electronics

However how many of us actually think about what’s there and what makes it work? We probably take it for granted, as these electronics are now an integral part of what makes our driving experience so engaging and safe. So what powers these systems and where are they located?

Topics: Market trends, vertical markets

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How Comcast is achieving fiber protection in inside plant environments

Posted by Dan Patuto

Extending high speed fiber access through inside plant installations within buildings is often difficult, expensive and time consuming.

Often installations have to fit within very small spaces, such as congested ducts, and take up as little real estate as possible so as not to interfere with working areas. The environment is dynamic - floor plans change and new equipment is installed, so deployments need to be flexible and easy to upgrade, and if necessary re-route.

Fiber has to be protected with cables and ducts that are tough enough to withstand wear and tear from a whole range of enemies, such as accidental knocks from rogue technicians/installers, as well as needing to be small and easy to install. Protecting business critical data and communications that travel over fiber cables is a priority, but this requirement can be in conflict with the need to save space.

Topics: Design and Install, Industrial premises

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Solving last mile complexity in Fiber to the Premises deployments

Posted by Rich Contreras

Planning the last 1,000 feet of fiber deployments can resemble a logic puzzle. How do you get a connection from the main network to the premises in a cost-effective way, taking the minimal time, while still protecting fiber, and without disrupting the local environment?

Multiply this by the number of premises in a FTTx rollout and you can easily see how costs and time snowball, making it a complex exercise to plan and implement. This is why the last mile is normally the most expensive and time consuming part of any overall fiber rollout. Cables and ducts have to be strong, flexible, lightweight, and simple to implement if costs and time are to be kept down.

Meeting the challenges

The environment is normally the biggest factor when deploying FTTP solutions, with topology, soil type and existing buildings and roads all impacting how easy it is to deploy to business and consumer premises. Overcoming these obstacles is vital to cost-effectively turning plans into reality.

Topics: Fiber to the premises, Design and Install

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Key factors when choosing between buried and aerial fiber deployments

Posted by Joe Byrne


Careful planning is crucial if a Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) installation is to be a success. It begins with choosing your architecture and in a previous blog we looked at the advantages and disadvantages of PON and P2P architectures. This was part of the Complete Guide to Fiber to the Premises eBook, a free download that covers the factors you need to take into account when making choices for your implementation.

After choosing an architecture, the next challenge is cost-effectively deploying last drop connections. The first factors to take into account revolve around the terrain and environment, which affect whether to go for a buried or aerial deployment. Let’s look at these in more detail:

Topics: Design and Install, Fiber to the home

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Fiber to the campus - overcoming fiber optic installation challenges

Posted by Shaun Trezise

Modern higher education is increasingly underpinned by technology. Whatever the subject, teaching, research and administration all rely on the fast transmission of data to students, professors and staff.

And with intense competition for the best students and researchers, a slow network can mean the brightest minds go elsewhere.

High speed fiber networks are therefore crucial parts of the infrastructure of university and college campuses across the world.

The challenges of campus networking

Rolling out a fiber network across a university campus is complex and potentially costly for four key reasons:

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

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Fiber protection – in the toughest of conditions

Posted by Tom Carpenter

In business, everyone expects high quality products and services, meaning that praise from customers is pretty rare. So, when our US partner Core Telecom forwarded me this email from Rich Jones of Metasoft Inc. I have to say it made my day.

Normally in our blogs, we focus on sharing our knowledge and expertise with the industry, rather than talking about ourselves or our products. However, I felt compelled to share this email, so I hope you forgive me this one exception:

Hello Rene,

All is well. Much has happened with regards to the Tuff Duct and Miniflex fiber at the site where it was installed.

Topics: Design and Install, Industrial premises

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5 important steps to reducing FTTX roll out costs

Posted by Joe Byrne

Superfast broadband brings highly desirable benefits across the board, but complexities in the last drop can often introduce unwelcome expense and hamper progress.

In a previous post I looked at the roll out of FTTH in Africa and how high costs, in the short term at least, concentrate access within a narrow group that can afford to pay for installations. And, of course, the major prize and the bigger picture will be found in bringing access to much wider markets.

So the question remains; how can network designers reduce their FTTX roll out costs and bring those benefits home for a much wider demographic?

Topics: Fiber to the premises, Fiber to the home, Costs/ROI

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Choosing fiber cable protection to meet fire regulations

Posted by Shaun Trezise

Fire regulations for fiber cable protection vary across the world, meaning that a cable suitable for use indoors in one country may very well not be allowed in the same building structure elsewhere in the world. With these differences it’s not surprising if there’s confusion out in the field.

Here’s a brief guide to navigating around the potential minefield of meeting fire regulations in the United States and Europe, particularly in two areas - transitioning fiber from outdoor to in-building and halogen content of cables.

Topics: Design and Install, Regulatory/Policy

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Fiber to the Premises Deployment - comparing PON and P2P architectures

Posted by Shaun Trezise

The socio-economic benefits of fiber are beyond question. Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) can boost economic development, spark innovation and improve the way people live and work.

For network operators looking to deploy FTTP there are multiple factors that need to be taken into account when planning an installation. These include:

  • Topography
  • Regulation
  • Technical choices
  • Implementation cost
  • The need to future-proof investment

Every deployment is different. Therefore to help network operators make the right choices for their implementation we’ve created the Complete Guide to Fiber to the Premises Deployment eBook. Which is available as a free download here. Over the next few months we’ll summarise some of the key points of the guide in a series of blog posts, beginning with fiber architectures.

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

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