Wednesday, May 23, 2012
FTTH gaining popularity in the Middle East
Fiber to the home and fiber to the business are rapidly gaining prominence throughout the Middle East, as demand for high-bandwidth internet, IPTV and voice services is growing, Business Intelligence Middle East reported.
According to the news source, the rise of FTTH and similar technologies in the Middle East is being met by significant hardware upgrade requirements, as the need to install new equipment is high. Currently, most operators are involved in the process of making the decision between passive and active optical connectivity solutions.
Industry expert Manzoor Ali told Business Intelligence Middle East that finding success in FTTH requires the right balance of active and passive network components, as both hardware types play a critical role in getting data from the service provider to the consumer. The active components are just as important as ever, he explained, but passive hardware items have become even more vital as they are invaluable when getting data from the service provider to the building, where active components play a more prominent role in data transmission.
The report explained that FTTH networks are used to deliver a diverse range of data types to end users. As a result, the upstream and downstream data transmissions need to feature high-performance capabilities. This makes the passive components between the building and service provider critical. In traditional telecom infrastructure, primarily DSL and ADSL in the Middle East, copper cabling formed the backbone and access architecture. The move to fiber-optic cabling is leading to optical network components in the backbone and access infrastructure, leading to an increased need for passive components capable of meeting robust performance requirements. Because of this, investing in fiber-optic connectivity options is generally the more cost-effective solution, as it is capable of meeting the rising demand for broadband services and should help future proof the network.
The Middle East is not the only region where telecom operators are dealing with the challenge of finding the right infrastructure to support their FTTH deployment. Finding the right fiber to Ethernet media conversion technology can help simplify this process. Media conversion is a key element of an FTTH deployment, as it allows the fiber-optic cable infrastructure to connect with the copper systems within homes. Having a media conversion solution in place that meets performance requirements can make it much easier to effectively set up the rest of the FTTH network.
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.