Broadband Communities

JUL 2018

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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J U LY 2 0 1 8 | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | 9 3 that had point-to-point connections in metropolitan rings. To address this challenge, the industry introduced fiber organizers, which allow technicians to work on individual fibers without disrupting other fibers. Today, the use of fiber organizers is recommended by the standardization body ITU-T. e fiber closures deployed at these points must allow for frequent, transient-free access and ensure compatibility with disparate infrastructures, both aboveground and underground. A successful connection organizes fibers to individual customers separately, preventing work on one fiber from impacting surrounding ones. Distribution: e feeder network connects to fiber distribution hubs (FDHs) – street cabinets or closures – and can be installed underground or aboveground. From FDHs, fiber cables branch off to multiple end users into the distribution network. Flexibility is a paramount concern in this segment, allowing the addition of new development areas while accommodating demographic changes during the lifetime of the network. Distribution networks are often installed aboveground, necessitating an aesthetically pleasing look. Drop: e end point of the distribution network requires a special closure, often referred to as an optical terminal, which connects a drop cable to the customer. ese terminals provide plug-and-play simplicity, ensuring easy installations by crews that are in most instances less specialized in optical fiber connections than those working in other segments of the network. Quick customer provisioning and network testing is of utmost importance to control costs and manage customer demands. As networks grow increasingly complex, deploying the right closures increases network efficiency and productivity. In a world that demands speed and action, it's nice to know your network will be ready to combat any demands placed on it. v Wendy Sutton is director of regional product management for North America at CommScope, whose solutions constitute a complete, end-to-end FTTH portfolio. Contact Wendy at wsutton@commscope. com or 828-241-6450. GOMULTILINK.COM/TECHNOLOGIES/FDH Customer Service: 440.366.6966 19" RACK RAIL FDH Standard 19" rack rails with 15RU for mounting equipment Custom 19" rack rail plates for your network equipment Excellent built in fiber management The type of fiber closure needed depends on how often it will be re-opened – and by whom.

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