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Consider media converters for new construction

By Donna Donnawitz
June 27, 2013

Construction projects often involve a variety of interconnected parts that must come together to develop the final product. If you've ever worked as or with a contractor, you may have some idea about how complicated this process can be. I mean, just building a house, for example, involves establishing a foundation, building a frame, connecting tothe utility grid, attaching to telecom networks and installing connectivity systems needed to anticipate near-future demand. All of this complexity comes before even building walls, rooms and internal areas. Similar complexity exists when building roads, office building, radio signal towers and other types of structures.

Thinking ahead and anticipating demand can be key to maximizing the value of construction projects, and investing in media converters can be a critical process along the way.

Fiber-optic networks and the shifting construction climate
In some parts of the world, every housing development constructed must have fiber-optic cabling networks installed for future use. Similarly, some municipal governments mandate that any road construction or maintenance work is accompanied by digging and filling cable trenches to avoid disruption later down the line. These types of guidelines are a precursor of a future where fiber-to-the-premises (FTTx) networks are commonplace and many types of structures will depend on media converters to interact with fiber-optic networks. Preparing for this demand in the construction phase of projects can create value for contractors.

Many construction companies are tasked with buildingstructures that will not only last a long time, but remain relevant in a shifting technological climate. Whether these need comes in the form of homes that need a flexible technological foundation to meet future connectivity demands or businesses that require adaptable facility systems, contractors face pressure to build with present needs met and the future in mind.

Considering the future of FTTx networks
A situation in which FTTx infrastructure is the predominant network format for telecom infrastructure may not be too distant. While many telecoms are still working toward increased FTTx deployment, many experts agree that the positive economic implications of such solutions, combined with the growing need for high-performance networks in a wide range of sectors, are making FTTx installation more necessary. As a result, many construction guidelines could shift to ensure that buildings are positioned to take advantage of FTTx efficiently. As a result, installing media converters in new structures could prove critical moving forward.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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