Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 2013

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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TECHNOLOGY Say Goodbye to the Splitter Cabinet Fiber optic network designers traditionally designed outside-plant networks to look like the copper networks they replaced. Changing cost structures are making this design obsolete. By David Stallworth F or the last eight years, I have closely followed the costs of deploying fber to the home and tracked how those costs afect operators' overall cost structures. To confgure the most economical outside-plant (OSP) FTTH network, one must take all these costs into account, together with take rate, labor rate and density – three factors that, I have found, afect FTTH economics more than any other outside factors. I am still surprised how little is heard about these factors from the vendor community, consultants or engineering companies. In many cases, vendors or consultants commit to a single design strategy and stick with it even if the take rate, labor rate or changes in cost relationships suggest a switch to a diferent strategy. ThE ECONOMICS OF OSP As I've discussed in earlier articles in this magazine, there are three major approaches Figure 1: A centralized splitter cabinet can serve several hundred customers over a large area. 76 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | May/June 2013

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