Choosing the Right FTTH Architecture For Your Network
FTTH networks don’t all work the same. Choosing the right architecture has major implications on the business case, time to market, labor requirements, and training. Furthermore, network architecture has a profound impact on the network’s performance and customer satisfaction. Listed below are some considerations when choosing the right architecture for your network. To choose the best network architecture for your network, consider your service offerings, business objectives, and operational costs.
Choosing the Right FTTH Architecture make sense
FTTH deployments can be central or cascaded. Split ratios and fiber requirements also determine the overall cost of the network. In addition, consider the cost of the deployment and the split ratio for copper-based and fiber-based network designs. Bwinners has extensive experience in providing all kinds of FTTH networks products for service providers. To learn more about the different architectures and how they can benefit your business, read the FTTH Architecture Series.
FTTH architectures categories
FTTH architectures generally fall into two categories: star and ring. Both architectures work to deliver fiber to subscribers. The first architecture is the most cost-efficient, and is commonly used in initial deployments. A third option is a hybrid, or centralized split architecture. These two architectures can have different performance characteristics, and you’ll need to assess your requirements before choosing an architecture. There are advantages and disadvantages of each, so it’s critical to decide which is best for your network.
Compromise between cost and scalability
Loss budget is a consideration. While PON is faster, it doesn’t support as many subscribers. GPON, on the other hand, supports up to eight times more users. GPON is often used in pure PON designs. As the length of FTTH access networks increases, the choice between the two technologies can be challenging. As always, you have to compromise between cost and scalability to maximize your ROI.
GPON is a widely used architecture for FTTH. GPON is particularly important for the provision of high-bandwidth services such as Cloud Computing and Triple Play Services. Triple-play is used when you need to simultaneously provide two or more bandwidth-intensive services. GPON also accommodates future technologies like LTE.
A centralized architecture is best for dense urban areas. In dense urban areas, centralized architectures are more beneficial because they require less fiber and lower installation costs. However, they take longer to install than other FTTH network designs. For a rural or suburban area, a distributed split architecture may be better. Distributed split architectures are also easier to install. These types of architecture are typically less expensive than their centralized counterparts.