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Last mile connectivity becoming a priority in Canada

By Max Burkhalter
June 6, 2012
For years, Canada stood out from the rest of the world as a leader in internet technology. However, the nation has since fallen behind the pack, at least to some extent, and needs to begin stepping up its efforts to implement advanced solutions if it wants to recapture its leadership role. Currently, the priority should be to improve last mile connection options within the country, a recent Exchange Magazine report explained.

According to the news source, there are significant portions of Canada's telecom infrastructure that have simply been left undeveloped. This is most evident in the last mile parts of the infrastructure. Because of this, the nation's early efforts to implement advanced networking options over a wide geographical range have not been maximized because few homes and businesses actually have the infrastructure needed to take advantage of the backbone infrastructure.

Making a move to invest in more last mile network options could pay major dividends in Canada, the report said. It would give homes and businesses access to better connectivity options, leading to a considerable boost to network performance, which could contribute to new revenue opportunities and make it much easier for businesses to grow. This not only creates new economic opportunities, but also paves the way for more advanced network deployment in rural regions that often do not have access to sophisticated connectivity options, the report said.

Innovation in the last mile is one of the best ways to improve connectivity for consumers and businesses, but it is also the most commercially viable option for service providers, the report said. As major backhaul investments have been made throughout Canada, telecoms can most easily gain a competitive advantage by moving quickly to install last mile connectivity options.

The last mile is often the final aspect of a fiber-to-the-home investment. FTTH typically begins with large-scale middle-mile networks, which represents large optical network installations that often connect government buildings directly into the backhaul infrastructure. In many cases, these systems are government sponsored in some way. FTTH is then used to build out from the middle mile and create last mile connections from the backhaul system directly to homes and businesses, optimizing performance. Without last mile connectivity, all of the optical backhaul is limited by copper cabling's ability to handle bandwidth requirements from the home to the middle mile 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.


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