The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted our daily lives and new norms established – face to face meeting with virtual conferences, offices with work-from-home, schools with online learning and classes. This necessity to stay connected has led to the rise in the number of broadband connections, which has soared 30-40% as compared to earlier year. There is overwhelming evidence that this trend is here to stay owing to surging video consumption (Amazon, Netflix), Work-from-home policies, and online learning and classes.
Fiber To The X or FTTx is one of the most effective means to deliver this seamless connectivity. As the name suggests FTTx uses fiber optic along with integrated communication technologies to enable faster and more effective communication. Since the mainstreaming of FTTx technology was about a decade or so back communication infrastructure which used copper wires has significantly reduced. But higher costs and longer implementation times have stood in the way of universal adoption of FTTx. The current pandemic perhaps has proved to be a turning point in changing it. But the challenges of higher costs and longer implementation times still have to be addressed.
Our experience indicates that using digital technologies like automation, GPS tech etc. can ensure better coordination and resources utilization during implementation. Along with this building virtual network, abstraction of hardware from the software layer, NFV etc. enable launching services on the fly can help increase monetization opportunities significantly.
The two specific aspects of implementing and operating FTTx networks, is what we will address in our upcoming FTTx webinar series through;
- Part 1 – Digital and Automated FTTx implementation
- Part 2 – Open and Disaggregated FTTx network architectures
STL’s speakers will deep-dive into the possibilities of maximizing efficiencies and getting better ROI. The benefits of faster FTTx implementation such as reduced time to market, cost optimization as well as faster network monetization.
Optical fibre deployments are highly capital intensive, thus requiring strategic advance planning to reduce the operational cost and optimise initial capital. These projects can be long drawn and labour intensive as well. In part 1 of the webinar series we will discuss various aspects of OFC implementation techniques and designs. Please register here to know more
- Digitalized and automated implementation process to maximise return on investments
- Increase implementation scale through innovative survey design and monitoring solutions
- Building efficiency and automation through digital integration
- Integrated network management platforms to enable discovery, action & monetisation
In part 2, we will focus on how service providers can build a flexible network with open standardized interface and disaggregated architecture. Further we will deep dive into the following. Please register here to know more
- Need for broadband access transformation
- The shift towards open and disaggregated architecture
- Transformation from traditional FTTx to cloud native, software defined FTTx
- Possible deployment and integration architectures
The webinar we intend to explore and elaborate how the focus of FTTx implementations should be more holistic, focused on total return on investments, customer experience and flexibility of network to respond to market needs as opposed to localized efforts at improving efficiencies. We sincerely hope to make it a highly educating and enlightening one for our audience!