U.S. broadband access conundrum across unserved & underserved areas

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Broadband has become increasingly intertwined in our day-to-day lives and is a critical connectivity medium. The COVID-19 pandemic has further emphasized the non-negotiable need for fast and reliable internet access not only in enterprises but for residential users as well. Robust fiber infrastructure has to be in place to attain the objective, not only in urban, high-density communities but also in unserved, underserved, and remote locations, where population density is low. Broadband access has the capability to transform all dimensions of our lives and industry – be it manufacturing, agriculture, or the services sector.

Connecting Communities with High-speed Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimates that around 21 million Americans still lack broadband connectivity1; the number can be as high as 162 million2. Lack of Infrastructure development, multiple policies, and levels of government approvals are the core reasons for the limited connectivity infrastructure. Especially in rural America, sparsely populated areas, geographical terrain constraints, and long-distances pose a challenge that seems tough to address through wired technologies cost-effectively. The lack of high-speed internet access will continue to increase the digital divide. Economically disadvantaged communities, even in urban areas, are feeling the pains of inadequate Broadband as well. To address these inequities, Federal and State governments have announced initiatives to encourage incumbents and new players to build new network infrastructure.  But these networks cannot be rolled out at a snail’s pace. The need of the hour is faster deployments and homes passed to get more users quickly on high-speed Broadband networks. How can we achieve this?

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Implementing FTTx Network at Scale

Large-scale FTTx deployments are huge, cumbersome, and capital intensive. Deployment cost can vary significantly depending on how close Fiber reaches to the user and the existing fiber density in the area. Optimal design, using high-quality data, and real-time on-ground intelligence is a crucial step to get the most out of your fiber deployment budget. Fiber network planning and design can be divided into three stages:

  • Strategic Network Planning
  • High-level network design
  • Detailed network design

Hyperscale network modernization has numerous complexities impacted by factors such as unplanned cities, ad hoc project rollouts, the dominance of unorganized players in the local ecosystems, and approval bottlenecks. 

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