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Domestic or Municipal, Fiber Optic Infrastructure is Coming to You!

Domestic or Municipal, Fiber Optic Infrastructure is Coming to You!

17 February 2015 | Reading Time: 2 minutes


The backbone of society; How the advance of Fiber powers tomorrow’s networks?

In the Broadband market, the opportunity for Fiber-to-the-Home solutions is growing rapidly, as more and more households get online, on increasing numbers of devices. As the demand grows, so does availability and access.

But it’s not just home networks increasing demand. In addition, the changing landscape of municipal services is dramatically affecting the design and deployment of city and county networks.

The coverage of authorized networks often focuses strictly on Wi-Fi, but the growing list of municipal applications also includes back-haul networks that move data from a small cluster into higher capacity point-to-point and point-to-multipoint connections and into fiber optic networks that link facilities together.

Factoring in fiber

In connection with the municipal network backbone, network managers are making use of fiber optic links and high-frequency, short-range, high-speed microwave links to securely transmit sensitive data which are sometimes very large files. In addition, these links support various sophisticated applications for a wide range of needs – including the promotion of economic development, improved access to city services, video surveillance, mobile communications, parking enforcement, and traffic control.

Municipal governments also require system interoperability and immediate connection with other government agencies to include state and federal governments on secure fiber optic cables. As the municipal organization grows and various applications are added, fiber based networks provide easy-to-use, cost-effective, high-quality performance for all departments.

Fiber to the location (FTTx) networks have evolved over the years and usually involve of one of the following architectures:

  • PON – Passive Optical Network
  • GPON – Gigabit passive optical network
  • EPON – Ethernet passive optical network
  • GEPON – Gigabit Ethernet passive optical network
  • RFoG – RF over Glass

Since their inception in the late 1980s, FTTx networks have continued to evolve, pushing fiber deeper and deeper into the distribution network, with fiber plant all the way from the headend to the end of the customer drop.

Facing a fiber future

Fiber optic solutions offer support for state-of-the-art, cutting-edge technologies such as RFoG and 10G EPON combined with a choice of physical architectures such as tapped, distributed or centralized splits.

Effectively meeting demand, fiber based networks are paving the way of the future; providing cost-effective, high-quality performance for all – domestic or municipal.


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