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FTTH Council Americas to support advanced network deployment in Kansas City

By Donna Donnawitz
January 31, 2013

Fiber-to-the-home network installation has become a hot topic in recent years, especially in some rural regions where the technology could pave the way for long-term economic health. The FTTH Council Americas is working to advance community FTTH goals around the world through its recently released Online Community Toolkit that provides key guidance on handling community FTTH projects. The organization will take this insight to Kansas City in May, when it will hold a conference to help local community leaders gain the insight they need to work toward gigabit connectivity through FTTH systems.

Putting a toolkit into action
According to a release from the FTTH Council Americas, the Online Community Toolkit has been well received to such an extent that the group wants to take the lessons detailed in the online module and bring them to communities first hand. Heather Burnett Gold, president of the FTTH Council, explained that these efforts are aimed at helping turn the widespread demand for gigabit networks into actual projects.

"We're responding to the overwhelming interest in obtaining gigabit connectivity from community and business leaders across the United States by giving them the tools they need to make sure their communities stay competitive," said Burnett Gold. "Not only is this an opportunity for them to connect with and learn from partners who have gone through the steps of building a fiber network, but more importantly, it is also a chance to craft an action plan that they can take back to their communities and begin implementing."

Considering challenges in building FTTH systems
Funding is among the most difficult aspects of an FTTH project. On one side of the equation telecoms are often unwilling to build networks unless there is a clear indication that people will invest in new service plans that will cover costs and lead to revenue. On the other side there are telecom customers who want better performance, but are looking at a slow economy and limited funds. As a result, government subsidies and grants are often integral in finding the funds for FTTH installations.

Technically, FTTH presents a major interoperability problem because homes generally use Ethernet, which is built on copper cabling systems. Media converters can resolve this issue, however, providing FTTH network builders an easy way to ensure compatibility throughout the network. Some media conversion systems can also provide advanced performance functionality, giving telecoms the tools they need to better handle ongoing network demands.

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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