We know that wired and broadband providers need to establish and properly license for any deployment, thereby increasing human and equipment costs when building fiber-optic networks. While Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and fiber-optic equipment costs are falling, skilled labor costs are rising. How can operators limit these high human costs and still deploy a high-quality fiber-optic network that can meet today's user bandwidth requirements?
Operators are considering fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment of fiber indexing technology, because it can accelerate the construction of fiber. The technology also reduces engineering and inventory management requirements. While typical FTTH boxes require labor-intensive engineering and measurement using custom-length fiber-optic cables, the Fiber Optic Index Architecture utilizes standardized building blocks - connectors and indexing terminals and hardened multi-fiber fiber connectors - to create plug-and-play networks Faster and easier to deploy.
The basic building blocks that are repeated throughout the service area include a terminal with built-in splitter, hardened 12-core fiber input and output, and eight hardened droplets to the home. The index starts at 12 fiber optic cables into the first terminal. In the terminal, the first optical fiber is routed to the splitter for servicing the local customer and the remaining fiber is & quot; indexed & quot; or moved upward when it leaves the terminal to connect to the next terminal. The index means that when the first fiber enters the next terminal, the second fiber entering the terminal will exit, daisy-chained, and so on.
The FTTH box uses cable spools without the need to store redundant fiber. This allows any number of cables to be pulled back from the reel to the previous terminals without the need to cut a specific length. By using the same components throughout the network, as well as fewer overall fiber, you can install the network faster and reduce overall installation costs.