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Telecoms progressing toward FTTH

By Donna Donnawitz
February 16, 2012
Thinking back to just a decade or two ago, many telecoms were breaking a major performance barrier by introducing dial-up connectivity options, allowing consumers to listen to some screeching and other dial tones while their modems used traditional phone lines to access the web. Before long, consumers were clamoring for faster speeds and DSL and cable were born. The two connectivity options have lasted a while, and in the eyes of many, overstayed their welcome. This is leading to a natural progression into fiber to the home, VentureBeat reported.

According to the news source, most consumers today are using advanced DSL or cable connectivity options. However, cable has not been readily accessible in many parts of the world, while DSLs speed limitations have created major issues for plenty of households. Furthermore, many rural areas are stuck connecting through satellite networking options, which offer reasonable speeds but can have issues when the weather is bad. These legacy connectivity options were successful for a while, but their flaws are becoming too clear, leaving many wanting optical networking.

The industry is taking notice, the report said. Currently, the United States and many other countries are populated with optical backbone networks that deliver the internet into more regional and local areas through copper connectivity options such as DSL and cable. However, rising demand for better performance is leaving many telecoms pushing for FTTH, which involves extending the fiber-optic cable infrastructure from the backbone line to actual homes. The news source explained that this process will lead to major performance increases and help prepare the internet for future needs.

This progression is being driven primarily by three factors, cloud computing, video and mobile technologies. As more consumers use the cloud to store their data, stream high-definition video to their homes and use smartphones and tablets to access video, data and applications, the need for fiber-optic connectivity rises, the report said.

While demand for FTTH is rising, many telecoms are only beginning to climb aboard the trend. The problem in the United States is the FTTH was extremely popular prior to the recession, then fell flat because of the poor economy. Now, consumers and telecoms alike are trying to recover and investing heavily in new technologies can be difficult. However, demand for better networks is rising quickly while government projects have provided the funding for a new wave of FTTH projects.

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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