Friday, 18 August 2017

Evaluating FTTx scenarios: 'squeeze the copper dry'

By Comsof
Friday 11 March 16

Assuming you have an extensive copper network of which you want to squeeze out every last drop of bandwidth. Where should you introduce new nodes/cabinets that are connected with fibre and what technology should you upgrade to? There are so many factors to take into account and only looking at equipment costs (CAPEX) is not the correct way. I would like to clarify some of these factors and address some considerations when investigating an upgrade of your network. When you want to offer a certain speed over copper it comes down to two elements: distance and active equipment. The speed is depending on the distance, bring fibre within 700 m of the customer and you can offer approx. 100 Mbps, lower it to 100 m you can go up to 500 Mbps over your existing copper…

Assuming you have an extensive copper network of which you want to squeeze out every last drop of bandwidth. Where should you introduce new nodes/cabinets that are connected with fibre and what technology should you upgrade to? There are so many factors to take into account and only looking at equipment costs (CAPEX) is not the correct way. I would like to clarify some of these factors and address some considerations when investigating an upgrade of your network. When you want to offer a certain speed over copper it comes down to two elements: distance and active equipment. The speed is depending on the distance, bring fibre within 700 m of the customer and you can offer approx. 100 Mbps, lower it to 100 m you can go up to 500 Mbps over your existing copper…

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