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Wales making FTTH progress

By Max Burkhalter
April 18, 2013

Fiber to the home (FTTH) and fiber to the premises (FTTx) architectures are gaining prominence around the world. However, many parts of Europe have fallen behind as some developed nations when it comes to deploying advanced fiber networks. This is especially true in rural regions of Europe where FTTx infrastructure is rarely available to businesses or consumers. In many cases, initial entries into the FTTx market stem from government projects that act as a catalyst to help telecoms develop advanced networks in a cost-effective way. This is happening in Wales, where new projects are helping the region make progress in FTTx deployment.

According to a recent Daily Post report, Karin Ahl, president of the FTTH Council Europe, is applauding Wales for its efforts to make meaningful progress in FTTx deployment.

Wales' FTTx project
The news source explained that the Welsh Government has made a point to connect at least 30,000 homes to fiber-optic network infrastructure, allowing the region to keep up with many other nations leading the charge toward FTTx in Europe. Russia, Lithuania and other nations are developing major FTTx projects as well, and Wales is now among that list of regions where government bodies are pushing advanced network deployment projects,

According to Ahl, these FTTx efforts are positioning some countries to keep up with the Scandinavian nations that have been leading the charge toward FTTx in Europe. Ahl told the Daily Post that Wales, like Sweden, has had to deal with many rural regions that do not have an easy path to FTTx deployment. Wales' efforts to streamline advanced FTTx deployments into those rural areas is an important step forward in the sector. Deploying FTTx is key as Scandinavian nations continue to advance their network deployment efforts.

"Eastern Europe and Scandinavian countries have reinforced their position as fiber leaders, and the disparity between the early and late adopters is becoming even more apparent," Ahl told the news source.

Using media converters to control costs
Playing catch-up in the FTTx landscape can be a major challenge, especially when it comes to finding a way to keep costs within budget. Fiber to Ethernet media converters can enable organizations to overcome some pricing challenges. Media converters often provide a cost-efficient method for resolving interoperability problems within an optical network, allowing the FTTx solution to interact with Ethernet systems without any problems.

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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