What is FFTx?
FTTx fiber stands for Fiber to the X, a generic term used for any broadband network architecture using optical fiber to provide all or part of the local loop. It can be to the clients’ house (FTTH) or to some point in the last mile, which can be made through ADSL or coaxial cable (FTTC and FTTN). All over the world many legacy telecoms networks, are now upgrading to FTTx due to the vastly improved speed, capacity potential of fiber optic and lower costs.
What are the benefits of FTTx?
Optical fiber network architecture offers several advantages against others next-generation access (NGA) networks, and some of them are: it is future-proof as it supports bigger data bandwidth, the use of totally passive optical networks, with less impact on the environment due to less energy consumption, more durability and less maintenance, higher distances with no signal degradation, no electromagnetic interference, easy to ship and install, summarily it has an unbeatable good cost/benefit ratio in greenfields.
What are the different types of fiber networks?
FTTx has several configurations, such as FTTH, FTTC, and FTTN. While in green fields FTTH is the common accepted solution, according to the legacy networks, there are different approaches to making the final connection from the fiber backbone to the user in the home or business. Fiber to the home (FTTH) means that the cabling terminates at the boundary of the living space in order to reach clients’ homes and business offices. FTTH contributes greatly to regional economic growth wherever it goes, and it has a part to play in reducing our consumption of energy. FTTC stands for fiber to the cabinet/curb, a terminal place, that refers to the pole or closet that houses the mounted communications device where coaxial cables or twisted pairs then send the signals from the curb to the client premises. FTTN known as fiber to the node/neighborhood or also called fiber to the antenna, allows more efficient delivery of broadband services such as high-speed internet with fewer costs, taking advantages of the current infrastructures.