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FTTH best practices include appropriate media converter investments

By Donna Donnowitz
January 6, 2014

Fiber optics investments have been on the rise as Internet and other utility providers look to optimize their network infrastructure and provide ideal service to their customers. This makes FTTH investments a key priority for many firms. However, these companies have to ensure they keep best practices in mind, rather than jumping the gun on their fiber transitions, which means investing in the right supporting technology, such as media converters, as well.

With any new technology comes the risk of network problems and hardware incompatibility. This is why firms looking to optimize their FTTH strategies need to invest in fiber to copper converters and similar hardware that streamline the flow of data between cabling types, minimizing latency and risk. The right supporting fiber media converter solutions will provide significant value and ROI immediately.

Of course, investing in high-quality fiber converter hardware isn't the only best practice that has to be followed. According to CIOL, firms need to consider the demand for fiber and deploy it along a "build-to-demand" path that will ensure the highest return value first. This can save in costs, optimize expenses and ensure that further deployments are funded sooner.

At the same time, firms need to ensure they are offering the value for services that their customers use. Optimizing television and Internet over phone will go a long way toward boosting service value, as many consumers use their mobile devices more than a home phone. Additionally, the network has to support the high-bandwidth services consumers are using more and more, such as streaming video, 3D programs and mobile streaming apps. This will optimize service quality while delivering a more robust user experience.

From controlling bandwidth allotment to optimizing latency for all customers, firms need to invest in the right media converter solutions today to streamline fiber deployments and minimize risks down the road. These initial investments will pay off significantly and continue to provide value as they evolve, ensuring maintained ROI even as fiber continues to change and demands for innovation grow.

The fiber to Ethernet solutions necessary to provide the highest possible quality of service will provide utility firms with the support necessary to go the extra mile for their customers, both literally and figuratively.

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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