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OLI may make FTTH easier

By Donna Donnawitz
May 31, 2012
The Open Lambda Initiative's NGPON 2 technology has created considerable potential for innovation in both the technological and fiscal models that make fiber to the home possible, reported. As the solution continues to mature, it has the potential to revolutionize how FTTH will be deployed in a variety of sectors.

At its core, OLI provides a core framework that will allow telecoms to install their active optical network equipment on top of an existing passive network, making it far easier for telecoms to deliver FTTH connectivity to customers without having to spend to install the core cabling systems. This is made possible by a technology that allows the network to distribute optical signal in multiple wavelengths simultaneously. This would allow a number of telecoms to simultaneously operate within the same cabling core, with a third-party regulator ensuring that none of the wavelengths interfere with one another in any way, the report said.

This technology offers considerable potential because it would allow new investors to get into the FTTH market. For example, a third-party investment firm may build out a large fiber-optic cable network, providing a foundation that telecoms can build upon, the news source said. They can then charge for space on the system and allow telecoms to build on active components as needed. Currently, the investment climate for this technology is incredibly unclear and varied from region to region. Areas where optical networks are already in place may not be an ideal foundation for utility providers to build FTTH infrastructure into their existing architectures, but locations without significant optical penetration could end up bringing considerable revenues to utility companies.

The potential of OLI is considerable, but fairly unclear at this point. However, it is important to recognize what this technology shows us about optical cabling in general. The ability to transmit different colors of light signal through the network, which has long been known, gives organizations the ability to use their optical networks for a variety of purposes. Furthermore, the nearly unlimited bandwidth of fiber-optic cable makes sending a variety of signal types through the network an extremely powerful possibility. This shows that optical networking is still in its relative infancy. Already, FTTH networks and similar infrastructure are outperforming legacy networks by a wide margin, and the world is only beginning to tap into the technological potential of optical wiring, which still has significant capabilities being left untapped.

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