GIOVANA LABEGALINI FIBRE CONNECTIVITY
In order to fulfil current and future needs, safety and ease of installation, together with guaranteed performance, are key requirements of the versatile access network. Well-established systems based on the popular connectors such as SC, LC and E2000 are widely deployed and still needed, along with new interfaces that may rise for one or another application. These systems must match high bandwidth and low latency demands of business and residential applications on fixed lines, as well as on the operators benefit from FTTH solutions, but advanced wireless networks do as well, especially with regards to increased backhaul capacity in 5G networks. Mobile services can run along the same fibre paths, or even on the same media, as residential services without interacting or disturbing each other, meeting the performance goals related to network diversity, availability, and coverage. The future digital generations will not only demand higher bandwidth, but will expect it in order to meet their connectivity needs. MAKING CONNECTIVITY A REALITY There are many connectivity solutions in place which make it easier to plug and play. As connectivity demands reach unprecedented levels year on year, a wide range of fibre solutions like HUBER+SUHNER’s – including components such as optical cables, connectors, and assemblies up to advanced optical switches – will help operators meet the challenges surrounding this. It is important that these solutions can be optimised for fixed or mobile applications, covering both indoor and outdoor areas. The new market demands will also require the development and testing of innovative products in accordance with international standards to ensure the high demands of customers are met by delivering exceptional mechanical infrastructure behind 5G networks. Not only do fixed access network
and environmental features, as well as optical performance. To address the complete set of connectivity performance requirements across fibre technology, complete systems for WAN/Access networks, Data Centres and mobile networks will also be important. As an established manufacturer of optical connectivity and solutions across the world HUBER+SUHNER offers these solutions to the market, with its end-to-end manufacturing process ensuring flexible and long-lasting solutions. With the right technology in place, operators can address the connectivity demands of today and beyond.
managing their interactions presents an opportunity for infrastructure providers to install fibre at homes and offices. Due to the different availability of funding initiatives, the environment for investors can be challenging. Ensuring that the best technology is selected is therefore essential to secure the long-term investments. A well- planned network is also the key to optimise costs of deployment and improve the average profit per connected user. In other words, careful planning enhances the roll- out process and increases competitiveness. regarding to how a fibre network can be deployed. FTTx networks have no clear standards and almost every country shows particularities that have to be fulfilled or overcome, such as harsh environmental conditions in the so called ‘outside plant’. Having a supplier that provides flexible solutions that can be customised according to specific needs – no matter how diverse – enables telecom operators to deal with this supplier as a ‘one-stop shop’ and allows them to adjust to local needs, while profiting from economies of scale. Reaching rural areas with a fibre infrastructure requires different business models to compensate for the fact that a lower number of subscribers will be benefiting from this network. As a result, solutions that enhance installation methods by reducing time and complexity, for example self-installation products, are welcomed by infrastructure providers. Keeping in mind the needs of the customer, a hassle-free process will also offer a more comfortable installation service. Installation can be challenging and may require trained teams, to avoid channel attenuations or future maintenances caused by improper use of products or even simple mistakes such as dirt on the connectors (Figure 1). VERSATILITY IN THE FIELD Different locations have different regulations
There is no question when it comes to fibre being the ideal technology for connecting WAN and access networks, as it offers high data rates across distant locations, while providing a lower carbon footprint.
Figure 1: FTTx rollout requirements
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