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FTTH becoming a major priority for telecoms

By Donna Donnowitz
October 5, 2011
Fiber to the home is emerging as a major priority for telecoms around the United States as more organizations are looking for ways to deploy FTTH networks around the country. According to a recent Light Reading report, this progress was clearly displayed during the FTTH Council Conference 2011.

The news source explained that last year's conference dealt heavily with figuring out the best ways to spend stimulus money to deploy new optical networks. However, most of that money has now been spent, and this year's conference focused on developing new ways to gain additional funding and support for FTTH deployment.

According to the report, many telecoms are focusing on extending FTTH networks to reach out to businesses so the solutions can help generate new revenue. This is being supported by the increased manufacturing of denser equipment designed to support more advanced Ethernet deployments capable of connecting to optical networks.

Industry expert Kevin Morgan told the news source a growing number of businesses are turning to denser Ethernet equipment to support reductions in operational spending. As a result, more manufacturers are combining the investments in optical networks with denser Ethernet equipment. This is important as a growing number of businesses are deploying optical networks in diverse ways.

"Some carrier customers are running fiber out of the [central office] to the end-user, as a home run for active Ethernet. Some are doing [gigabit passive optical network] and some are bringing the splitting function back into the CO for a GPON, going home run in that way," Morgan told the news source.

The report said a number of new solutions for Ethernet networks were introduced during the conference. The focus was on attempting to use optical networks aimed at businesses to help create enough revenue for more robust and consistent FTTH deployment.

The rising popularity of FTTH networks comes as more organizations are expanding their Ethernet capabilities. This is becoming especially prevalent in industrial Ethernet settings, where companies are deploying a wider range of equipment to support a variety of network formats, according to a recent AutomationWorld report. However, the news source explained businesses need to carefully establish network systems because many industrial Ethernet systems use different protocols that do not work well together.


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